Sri Lanka station wins two awards from Emirates

CEAT Kelani Holdings Managing Director Ravi Dadlani (right) and Lanka Ashok Leyland CEO Umesh Gautham exchange the OEM agreement

June 26, 2008 (LBO) – The passenger and cargo operations of Emirates in Sri Lanka have won two of the carrier’s global performance awards in 2007-08, the airline said in a statement. It received the Outstanding Achievements Award in the Passenger category and the Best GSA Award from Emirates SkyCargo at Emirates’ worldwide, annual commercial conference in Dubai.

“These awards are particularly significant because they recognise performance during a period of challenges and difficult market conditions,” Chandana de Silva, Emirates Area Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives, was quoted as saying in the statement.

“Our region is very competitive.”

Sales Manager Devika Ellepola said passenger sales revenue grew significantly and in fact exceeded the Colombo station’s target for 2007-08, a year in which services were temporarily disrupted due to airport closure.

Aerial attacks by Tamil Tigers on an airbase near the main international airport early last year led to a temporary halt to night flights and caused some airlines to suspend services.

Emirates Cargo Manager, Damian Jayasuriya said Emirates SkyCargo today accounts for one-eighth of all air cargo movement out

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