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Colombo, Feb 27 (Daily Mirror) - Rats were found on board a SriLankan Airlines aircraft on Sunday, forcing the authorities to delay flight, SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage said yesterday.

“We had to spray a chemical to an aircraft in which rats were found and ground it for one day as per the international standards,” Mr. Pathirage told a discussion which was held at Ports, Shipping and Aviation Ministry.

Two other aircraft had to be delayed due to technical defects,” he added.

Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Nimal Siripala then questioned as to whether any investigation was done to determine as to how the animals managed to creep into the aircraft.

It was also revealed that the absence of 15 ground handling staff also caused the delay. Three members of staff have applied for leave on Sunday, while the remaining 12 have kept away from work casually. “Sack those who kept away from work without applying for leave,” the angry minister said.

Mr. Pathirage said there are only 20 aircraft in the Srilankan Airlines fleet while three aircraft have been grounded. “We are to purchase five A 330 Aircraft, but that has become an issue with the global demand for airlines and because of Sri Lanka’s economic situation,” he said.



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  Comments - 18

  • DOT Tuesday, 27 February 2024 08:58 AM

    Right News ! The governing board ?

    Pieter Lewis Tuesday, 27 February 2024 09:23 AM

    A stunning new low for UL.

    Sokrates Tuesday, 27 February 2024 10:07 AM

    Since Emirates handed over management and sold its shares, I have not flown with Sri Lanka. In all the years since then, my decision has been confirmed again and again. In addition, SriLankan's prices are much higher than comparable flights from other airlines. A German friend and Sri Lankan pilot even warned me not to fly with this airline because the technical condition of the aircrafts is often precarious. He himself refused to fly several times due to the inadequate technical condition of the aircraft. His professional knowledge comes from the fact that he acquired a diploma in aircraft technology with the German Lufthansa before his pilot career. Shut down the airline, Sri Lanka doesn't need its own. Good pilots and flight attendants are sought after all over the world and can quickly find a new, better-paid job.

    G Silva Tuesday, 27 February 2024 11:52 AM

    Such a sad situation for our national carrier. Years ago when it was Air Lanka,and run by competant management,Air Lanka won global awards for its inflight services. And its catering arm Air Lanka Catering Services also won global awards for the excellent food supplied to all flights touching down in Katunayake.This was when it was run with Thai collaboration.

    Onlooker Tuesday, 27 February 2024 12:33 PM

    As much as the country was ruined by the R family, this airline which earned profits when managed by emirates was also ruined due personal anger of MR. Then they appointed his BIL and stole and further ruined it. They set up Mihin Air and stole from that two. So sad.

    Logan Tuesday, 27 February 2024 12:54 PM

    Once was a paradise we had somany good honest clever educated decent living today sadly we have lost a majority now on last legs very sad beautitful country have been taken for granted......thats the reality

    Nihal Tuesday, 27 February 2024 12:58 PM

    This is an internal work to put the rats in the airlines and cause more trouble to management and politicians

    ANNECUNT Tuesday, 27 February 2024 02:34 PM

    we all blame mr d.a. Rajapaksa ,father of the most corruput politician family in Sri-lanka who looted money from the motherland and put 22million people into hunger

    Ram Tuesday, 27 February 2024 02:58 PM

    Please check who sold the tickets to the Rats and how they entered the aircraft without passing the immigration formalities. I think they could be ticketless travellers put in the aircraft by the strikers

    nimal Tuesday, 27 February 2024 03:36 PM

    the minister and the management must be sacked now

    Siripala Pagasinha Tuesday, 27 February 2024 03:41 PM

    What is this Pagapala is doing? Only collecting Paga? Balusinha? nothing but sucking blood!! Myna enjoying - BaRa gone?

    TAX PAYER Tuesday, 27 February 2024 04:12 PM

    MPs who are absent Parliament sittings ALSO should be sacked WITHOUT PENSION!

    Henry Tuesday, 27 February 2024 07:35 PM

    Sack the staff says the minister! How about sacking the minister?

    Wiraj Tuesday, 27 February 2024 07:58 PM

    Bring back all the looted money of the Rajapakse clan to revive the airline. It was Mahinda who is directly responsible for this sad state.

    Brangwin Brohier Tuesday, 27 February 2024 10:32 PM

    The airline and airport authority have gone to very low standards. The checking counter staff have no knowledge about their jobs, crew are complacent. I experienced this when I was in SL. There has to be a complete overhaul from top to bottom! A foreign take over is the only hope of turning it around, or tourism will decline. Well done to the Minister

    M Wednesday, 28 February 2024 12:16 AM

    Tickets from Colombo to London cost more on UL compared to EK/QR/EY. How on earth are they charging so much when they offer such a s*** service. No wonder there are rats on board!

    Dilshan Perera Wednesday, 28 February 2024 12:28 AM

    Time to sack the minister too, with the management! The corrupt trade unions will be taken care of when the airline shuts down!

    Gabriella Wednesday, 28 February 2024 03:26 AM

    When the required funds are not available, this is the end result. The quality of the Minister and the Chairman are on display, and it is not impressive.

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