September 27, 2008

SriLankan Airlines Commended By Indian Government for SAARC Handling

The Government of India has commended SriLankan Airlines for its handling of Indian VVIP flights during the recent SAARC Summit in Colombo.

The gathering of Presidents and Prime Ministers of the eight- nation South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) involved hundreds of senior government officials from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka, amidst tight security.

SriLankan Airlines provides ground handling facilities for all airlines and private aircraft at Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport.

Following the summit, the Indian High Commission in Colombo wrote to SriLankan Airlines, commending its "excellent arrangements and other assistance to the Indian delegation". The airline was also sent a gift of a designer watch autographed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Captain Milinda Ratnayake, Head of Service Delivery at SriLankan, said: "We are delighted to see that the National Carrier has been successful in projecting the spirit of Caring, Warmth, and Friendship that SriLankan Airlines is famous for, upon the participants of SAARC. This is a tribute to the professionalism and efficiency of hundreds of men and women on our team at BIA."

Ajith Fernando, Manager Airport Service Support at SriLankan, said: "A lot of hard work went into the success of arrangements at BIA for the SAARC Summit, and I am happy to say that every member of the ground handling staff of SriLankan played their part to perfection."

The performance of Sri Lanka's National Carrier also drew praise from Air India, which carried the Indian VVIPs to Colombo.

Air India's Country Manager Sri Lanka, Selva Girija Veeriah, said: "On behalf of Air India, I congratulate the SriLankan Airlines team for the excellent work and support given to us."

About SriLankan Airlines SriLankan Airlines is expanding its Middle East operations, most recently adding two weekly services to Jeddah to its network starting March 27. The airline also increased its frequencies into Qatar and Bahrain recently, taking the airlines total frequencies into the Middle East to 45 flights a week. The airline has also recently opened up new routes into Asia adding a third weekly service to Goa and launching double daily services to Mumbai earlier this year. The growing number of services to India takes SriLankan Airlines closer to the 100 flights a week mark, and reinforces its position as the foreign carrier with the most number of frequencies into ten key cities across India.

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