Apr 02, 2015 (LBO) – State owned SriLankan airlines is a huge burden on the country even though it does not own any aircraft’s at present, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
Accepting the first copy of a report on SriLankan Airlines, Wickremesinghe told reporters Wednesday that the procurement procedure and power abuse was comprehensively investigated in the report.
“This airline is a huge burden to our country. I don’t think there is an airline in the world with this kind of burden,” Wickremesinghe stressed.
“We don’t even own an Airbus. It only has few vehicles right now; few busses and lorries. Even an ordinary transport company has more than that.”
Former aviation minister Arjuna Ranatunga appointed a four member committee headed by attorney at law J.C Weliamuna to investigate alleged irregularities in the airline.
The committee consisted of two accountants and two lawyers. The assistance of two aviation experts was also received.
“After studying this report the aviation minister will make a detailed statement in Parliament in the coming weeks.” Wickremesinghe said.
SriLankan Airlines, the national airline of the island came under severe criticism saw the previous administration pump huge amount of money into the loss making institution.
“We made a huge loss; not only because of corruption but also because of incorrect management policies,”
“This report will be a guide to me also.” newly appointed aviation services minister Reginald Cooray said.