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Saturday November 27th, 2021
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SriLankan gets top health rating from airline safety group

ECONOMYNEXT – State-run SriLankan Airlines said it had got a top rating from a global airline safety group, in a first for carriers in South Asia.

The Airline Passengers Experience Association (APEX Health Safety) had given SriLankan a ‘Diamond’ rating based on a 58 point checklist.

“We continue to implement hygiene precautions to ensure that our passengers can travel in a safe and healthy environment during the pandemic. The precautionary measures taken by SriLankan Airlines during these uncertain times make us proud to receive the highest status in the APEX Health Safety audit,” Ashok Pathirage, Chairman, SriLankan Airlines said.

The rating criteria looks at the efforts taken by airlines to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and sanitization across their operations including the airlines’ efforts of implementing a touch-free check-in process and physical distancing.

SriLankan said it refreshes the cabin air every two to three minutes throughout the flight. This is implemented through an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) turned on before boarding until disembarkation on arrival.

This requires keeping the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) turned on before boarding until disembarkation on arrival, to ensure the HEPA filters are running to their maximum capacity.

Sri Lankan says this was a measure commended by the APEX SimpliFlying audit committee.

“SriLankan Airlines’ advancement in the ratings, came by the airline’s incredible investment in nearly a dozen recommended new health safety steps for the enhanced safety of their passengers,” Joe Leader APEX CEO said.

“Reaching the ‘hospital grade’ Diamond level demonstrates SriLankan’s commitment to advancing in every way possible forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

SriLankan Airlines has also collaborated with several medical authorities such as the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), and the Ministry of Health to ensure biosafety across its business, it said.

The Airlines has also inoculated more than 90 per cent of its flight crew.

The airline offers passengers neighbour-free seating and an option to block seats around them for concerned travellers.

In January 2021, SriLankan airlines was also awarded a “Platinum” standard for its extra safety measures and hygiene precautions, since the onset of the global pandemic.

(Colombo/June29/2021)

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