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SriLankan Airlines expresses its profound gratitude to its patriotic and loyal staff members who volunteered to operate Flight UL1423, the airline’s mission of mercy that brought back our students from Wuhan, China, on Saturday 1st February 2020. 

The airline said in a statement that the mission of mercy was carried out on the instruction of President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Flight UL1423 landed at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport shortly after dawn following its extremely long turnaround flight from Colombo to Wuhan and back and the students were handed over to the care of health authorities and other relevant institutions, including the armed forces, for necessary procedures.
Mr. Ashok Pathirage, Chairman, SriLankan Airlines, stated: “Our nation has always relied on our National Carrier during times of crisis, be it a tsunami or a terror attack, and we are proud to say that we will always do our duty no matter what the challenges that we will face.” 

“The Board of Directors and indeed every employee of SriLankan Airlines are extremely proud of the selfless efforts of our 16 crew members who volunteered to fly into Wuhan, which is currently under a lockdown due to the deadly Coronavirus pandemic. Our pilots and cabin staff have gone far beyond the call of duty to ensure that the National Carrier has once again fulfilled its duty to our nation,” said Mr. Pathirage.

“Our thanks also to all of our support staff including the Ground Handling staff who handled the passengers of this flight in Mattala and the passengers and cargo of all flights from China on a daily basis at Bandaranaike International Airport, Commercial team, Flight Operations, Inflight Service, Medical Centre, Canton station staff, and Engineering,” said Mr. Pathirage.
The effort was ably supported by a large number of government institutions and officials including the Presidential Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka Army, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Acting Ambassador to China and Sri Lanka’s embassy in Beijing, Government of China and Embassy of China in Sri Lanka, Airport & Aviation Services, Sri Lanka Customs, Department of Immigration & Emigration, Ministry of Health and many others. 

The National Carrier worked in close co-operation with the Sri Lanka Air Force which sent its Bio Medical Team to Mattala and provided SriLankan with all the equipment needed to make this mission a success, the statement added.

  Comments - 14

  • Karuna Saturday, 01 February 2020 02:47 PM

    This selfless act needs very high commendation. Well done. Much merits to all of you for this act of giving.

    Neville Saturday, 01 February 2020 02:54 PM

    Well done and thank you brave and loyal sons and daughters of Mother Sri Lanka. We love you.

    Sanjaya Kuruppu Saturday, 01 February 2020 03:35 PM

    Very proud of our national carrier !

    MSF Saturday, 01 February 2020 03:41 PM

    Selfless Courage! I salute you.

    DHA Saturday, 01 February 2020 03:42 PM

    We salute you brave souls ! Your bravery will never be forgotten by us !

    Don GSK Saturday, 01 February 2020 03:46 PM

    Hats off your service Dear Air Lankan staff,

    vini Sunday, 02 February 2020 08:44 AM

    Give each of them a medal so that Srilankan passengers could recognize them in the future.

    Vox Populi Sunday, 02 February 2020 09:22 AM

    Bunch of idiot nin pins. They do not know how dangerous Corona virus is. If one got infected, whole country is gone. Must follow Imran Khan.

    Mohamed Husam Ghaffari Sunday, 02 February 2020 09:31 AM

    Hats off for our national carrier

    Terrence Sunday, 02 February 2020 10:11 AM

    Why not arrange some token of appreciation to be given to the team

    Channa Kumar Jasenthuliyana Sunday, 02 February 2020 10:28 AM

    Well done Sri Lankan staff who volunteered for this very risky operation. Theruwan saranai

    Sushadri Sunday, 02 February 2020 11:03 AM

    Do not Be Proud So match, If you all are Neglect This Trip, Next staff Will Do It.

    Georgio.. Monday, 03 February 2020 09:54 AM

    Is it true..on the same flight.back to srilanka..chineese national also came to srilanka..where as other countries have banned chineese national entering their country..

    Citizen Monday, 03 February 2020 11:32 AM

    There's nothing couragous about the trip. With so much of protective gear any one would volunteer for the job. Do not overplay the task. Other countries have done the same

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