SriLankan Airlines to run on strictly commercial basis – minister

EconomyNext – Sri Lanka’s new Minister of Ports and Shipping, Arjuna Ranatunga, has pledged that the loss-making national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, would in future be operated strictly on commercial lines.

His remarks were made when Ajith Dias, the new chairman of SriLankan Airlines, assumed duties in his presence and that of State Minister of Aviation, Faizer Mustapha, at the SriLankan Airlines office in Colombo Monday.

Dias, who hails from the apparel industry, is a co-founder of Brandix, one of the island’s top apparel exporters, and also Chairman of Barista Sri Lanka and Jewelex Trading Ltd.

"Minister Ranatunga assured the airline’s management that the new government will ensure smooth operations of the national carrier with decisions and policies adopted strictly on commercial basis," a statement said.

He requested the airline’s senior management team to make every effort to achieve profitability.

State Minister Mustapha also emphasized that there would be no political interference in the administration of SriLankan Airlines.

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