ECONOMYNEXT – State-run SriLankan Airlines had been given the go ahead to acquire a freighter as a Coronavirus pandemic has cut passenger demand and driven up cargo business, a government statement said.
SriLankan Airlines currently operating cargo flights to 26 destinations mainly with passenger aircraft.
“With Covid-19 cutting passenger demand SriLankan had focused on cargo,” the statement said. “Taking into account the potential in carrying cargo the airlines has altered its business plans.”
The cabinet of ministers had cleared a proposal by tourism and aviation ministers to call for international competitive bids to lease a cargo aircraft.
SriLankan now has a converted one aircraft to carry cargo by removing its seats. It carries cargo in its passenger aircraft holds and also by cabin loading. (Colombo/Mar16/2021)