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Tourism Development Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando said today that he would request President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe not to shut down Mihin Lanka.

Addressing a media briefing at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) headquarters yesterday Deputy Minister Fernando said shutting down Mihin Lanka was not a good idea. It is hard to create a brand name like Mihin Lanka in the airline industry and the airline had been operated as a profitable service while serving domestically,” he said.

“People with expertise in airline services should be appointed to the top posts rather than filling them with unsuitable individuals. Because of these decisions the airline sector in the country could face a severe setback,” he claimed.

“There were other investors other than SriLankan Airlines that were keen on buying Mihin Lanka. I think the action which was taken regarding Mihin Lanka is wrong, in my opinion. The decision was taken after an unfavourable report was presented by top officials to the President and the PM,” he claimed.

“Many people in the previous government have to bear the responsibility for dragging SriLankan Airlines down. It became unprofitable only after it was taken back by the government during the time the previous regime was in power. Those who were put to manage the airline ruined the airline. Three Air Buses had been sold and that money was shown as the profits earned by the airline,” the minister pointed out. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • King Mihiraj Friday, 21 October 2016 11:11 AM

    Sell both, Srilankan and Mihin with proper terms and conditions favorable to the country. Yes, there are more than one reputed organisations with proper governance out there, wants by take over.

    kapilaS Friday, 21 October 2016 12:10 PM

    omg, are our politicians this stupid?

    Nilhan Jayawardene Friday, 21 October 2016 07:49 AM

    No brains, only the body, like to know who pump money to the mihin air, definitely not him or the previous bunch of crooks, The tax payers.

    Madiya Friday, 21 October 2016 08:30 AM

    Ah! The man who sees dead people alive.

    Kaboos Friday, 21 October 2016 08:42 AM

    Dear Arundika will you run a business with high loss. These are innocent tax payers money. . For your information it was not disband just merge with Sri Lankan air lines.

    Jagath Friday, 21 October 2016 08:49 AM

    Seriously, you have no idea what you are talking about! Do you know anything at all about running a profitable business? Mihin Lanka is a multi-million dollar per month drain on poor taxpayers!!!

    garawi Friday, 21 October 2016 10:16 AM

    How can be that Mihin was profitable ? All records show that it's losses run into billions every year! And why do we need it at all , in any case? Just to shuttle the pilgrims to BodhGaya?

    Patrick Alles Friday, 21 October 2016 10:26 AM

    I think we should get rid of all things named after Rajapaksa so that we can look ahead instead of thinking of the dark decade behind us


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