SriLankan mulls scrapping Frankfurt, Paris and Rome routes 

Decision in April 2016

by Harischandra Gunaratna
in London

SriLankan Airlines Chairman, Ajith Dias said the national carrier is reviewing the performance on its European sector such as Frankfurt, Paris and Rome as they are not profitable. However, a decision on whether these routes should be terminated will be made in April 2016.

Asked whether the national carrier would fly to Melbourne soon as it had been talked about during the past two to three years, Dias replied, "No decision has been taken and it would not happen until next year".

"It is always profitable for the airline to  scrap the destinations which are not bringing much profits and increase the number of frequencies on profitable routes", he  said adding that two more frequencies during weekends would be added to London during the winter.

SriLankan would also add more frequencies to India and there are plans to increase the number of flights to China as well, Dias said. "We will fly where there is more business".

Asked by The Sunday Island what steps had been taken by the airline on corruption charges and excesses by some senior managers during the previous regime, the Chairman admitted there had been many corrupt deals of  a serious nature and abuse of privileges.

Dias said those charged with serious acts of corruption would be dealt with by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption. Others are being dealt with by an independent panel appointed by the airline.  

Referring to the project initiated and funded by SriLankan Airlines to protect whales and promote the country as a whale watching destination about three years ago, he regretted that the airline had great enthusiasm on the project and funded it, but the lack of interest of officials of the then Sri Lanka Tourism saw it falling by the way side.

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