SriLankan Airlines has been supporting the national economy and country since the closure of the Bandaranaike International Airport in March 2020 with the outbreak of COVID-19 by flying stranded Sri Lankans home and facilitating international trade by maintaining the vital link between Sri Lanka and the rest of the world. 

Nearly the entire fleet of the Airline was grounded due to the closure of airports and travel restrictions imposed by various countries in the past nine months. As a result, the Airline has had to cope with unprecedented revenue losses owing to the reduced number of flights being operated, namely for repatriation of fellow citizens and transportation of essential goods including medical supplies.

The Airline has been adopting ad-hoc flight schedules due to the pandemic in addition to responding swiftly to the needs of the Government in relation to repatriation of Sri Lankans and the transportation of cargo as and when required. This necessitates all employees of the Airline to report to work on short notice in accordance with the guidelines stipulated by Authorities for the prevention of COVID-19. The precautionary measures taken, and the required personal protective equipment always provided by the Airline have protected the employees when they were on duty.

The National Carrier has also relied on the support of the Government of Sri Lanka to get through this difficult period, and the Government led by His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has unhesitatingly extended necessary funds in spite of the budgetary and fiscal challenges faced by the Government. Therefore, it is the utmost duty of the employees to support the Government in their efforts to rebuild the country. The employees of SriLankan Airlines have endured many hardships since the onset of the pandemic from having to work in a tough and unpredictable working environment whilst foregoing a percentage of their income in salary cuts.

It is against this stressful backdrop that members of the executive committee of the Airline Pilots‛ Guild (ALPG) have decided to act in a self-centered manner, not only causing severe disruptions to the Airline‛s operations but jeopardizing the Airline as well as the development efforts of the country. The ALPG has forced members to resort to unacceptable action by refraining from consenting to report to work on rostered off-days by refusing the duty call or being unresponsive to calls from the Company.

Therefore, the Board and the Management of the Airline are thoroughly disappointed that one segment of the Airline‛s employees is intentionally undermining the efforts of the rest of the committed and valuable employees of the company and the determination of the Government of Sri Lanka. Jointly, the Board, Management and dedicated employees of the Airline vehemently condemn these untimely and selfish actions of the ALPG.

The grievance of the ALPG is that the Airline provides them with a dedicated treatment facility for members who test positive for COVID-19. The Airline has requested such a facility from the relevant authorities and is hopeful that a facility would be made available soon. 

 

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As per the directive issued by the Director General Civil Aviation of Sri Lanka(DGCA) today, SriLankan Airlines wishes to inform our valued customers that all passengers departing Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport need to be in possession of a negative COVID-19 PCR test report taken 72 hours prior to the expected date of travel.

This mandatory requirement will come into effect from 1800 hours on 18th October 2020.

Passengers are kindly advised to contact their travel agent or contact SriLankan Airlines’ global call centre on ‪+94117771979 or visit SriLankan Airlines website www.srilankan.com for further details.

Your safety and good health are our highest priority, and we hope to see you onboard soon.

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With the intention of cultivating a culture where every employee is appreciated and rewarded, the first-ever Employee Recognitions Programme of AASL organized by the Human Resources Division for 2018/2019 was held on 17th September 2020 at the Auditorium of Civil Aviation Authority. This ceremony was graced with the presence of Hon. Cabinet Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Chairman of AASL Major Gen.(Rtd.) G. A. Chandrasiri, Vice Chairman of AASL Rajeev Siri Sooriyarachchi and Director General of Civil Aviation Capt. Theemiya Abeywickrama, Directors of AASL and other officials of AASL.

Applications were called internally and they were evaluated by 3 committees representing trade unions, divisional representatives, head of divisions, the members of the director board and officials of the ministry through a very transparent process. The employees who have performed beyond their call-up duties were selected for the Final Round and were awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit awards under 5 categories namely, Leadership, Team Work, Creativity and Innovation, Customer Care and Open at the Ceremony.

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SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, reaffirming the global appeal of its marketing communication endeavors, bagged a gold award at the PATA Gold Awards 2020.

Accordingly, the National Carrier was among the 20 winners announced recently at the virtual PATA Travel Mart 2020. SriLankan Airlines was awarded the title ‘Marketing Carrier’ for its Pan India campaign- Next Door Neighbor and Serendipity Next Door.

SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Vipula Gunatilleka said, “Winning an award is a reason for celebration and an affirmation that we are heading in the right direction. Receiving this coveted title from PATA, specially under the prevailing circumstances, gives us hope that we are capable of facing the challenging times ahead and our remedial communication content aiming to garner long-term, universal appeal can have a strong impact on our business recovery.”

PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy said, “The winners of the PATA Gold Awards set industry standards for excellence and innovation and provides the association with the perfect opportunity to recognise and reward the very best the Asia Pacific travel industry has to offer,”

SriLankan Airlines’ General Manager Marketing Mr. Saminda Perera said, “We are delighted to receive this prestigious title at the virtual PATA Travel Mart 2020 and it is truly inspiring that our efforts are continually rewarded in this manner. This is a result of an extremely satisfying team effort and I take this opportunity to thank the celebrities who were part of these creations, the management which has been supportive of our endeavors, my team, and our creative agencies J. Walter Thompson and Leo Burnett, without whom this will never be a possibility.”

The winning entry of the ‘Marketing Carrier’ category, ‘ Next door neighbors’ is a visual representation of multi-faceted attractions of Sri Lanka primarily targeting holidaymakers of India, with the underlying message that one does not have to look very far for exciting or serene getaways when Sri Lanka is right next door.

India being the Airline’s single largest market, it was vital that effective marketing campaigns were executed to retain the country’s appeal among the Indian travellers in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday tragedy which resulted in a massive 80 percent reduction of tourist arrivals in the country. Going by the rationale that in Sri Lanka, a traveler has the privilege of experiencing an international destination with the convenience of a domestic trip as opposed to travelling within India, the campaign reached out to the discerning Indian traveler through a 360 degree creative execution unfolding through a variety of media such as radio, cinema, digital, travel publications and outdoor advertising.

SriLankan Airlines’ brand videos- ‘Serendipity Next Door’ and ‘Ode to Paradise’ created ripples across social media platforms for its virality. ‘Ode to Paradise’ is a revival of the well-loved ‘Blue Waters’ song of the Air Lanka fame, which praises the island beauty of Sri Lanka, through the eyes of world-renowned Sri Lankan celebrities. ‘Serendipity Next Door’ is an extension of ‘Ode to Paradise’ specially crafted to appeal to the Indian audience. The two videos recorded a combined number of 73 million views on Facebook and 2.2 million views on Youtube, whilst the latter became the first Sri Lankan brand video to cross one million views within 11 hours and five million mark in two days.

This is the third time that the National Carrier made its mark at PATA, having received gold awards on two previous occasions in 2007 and 2019.

The PATA Gold Awards 2020 attracted 121 entries from 62 organisations and individuals worldwide. The winners were selected by an independent judging committee of 16 personalities from various destinations.

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Under the directives of Major General (Rtd) G. A. Chandrasiri, Chairman, Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited, a kick-off meeting was held with the officials of Japan’s Taisei Corporation, the contractor of the BIA Terminal 2 project, Japan Airport Consultants, and the senior officials of AASL. 

The objective of the meeting was to present the three months’ working plan and commencement of the activities under ‘Package A’. 

Mr. Aruna Warushahennadige, Director AASL/Director in charge- Terminal 2 BIA, Head of Projects, Project Director, Heads of Divisions of AASL, and officials of the Ministry Officials attended the meeting.

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