Sri Lank Tsunami – Free Ride

National carrier SriLankan Airlines is waiving off ground handling charges on all relief cargo that arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport, as part of its efforts to help the tidal wave wreaked island. National carrier SriLankan Airlines is waiving off ground handling charges on all relief cargo that arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport, as part of its efforts to help the tidal wave wreaked island. SriLankan Airlines, which has a monopoly on ground handling through its privatisation agreement with Dubai’s Emirates Airlines, has often been accused of having one of the most expensive charges in the region.

The airline is now working round the clock, providing free carriage, to clear a huge backlog of relief cargo from Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai and London, SriLankan said Friday.

SriLankan Air Taxis and AN-12 freighters have also been roped into to ferry urgent supplies and people to remote parts of the tsunami stricken Eastern and Southern coastal belts.

The airline is also working closely with the Sri Lanka Tourist Board and embassies to facilitate foreign guests who wish to leave the country.

“In the case of missing travel documents if necessary, such passengers are accept