SriLankan to lose USD47mn during BIA runway repair


Oct 05, 2016 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines said that they would incur a revenue loss of 47 million US dollars due to the closure of Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport in 2017.

“The first 3-4 months of next year would be tough for us as we will be cancelling close to 200 flights,” Capt. Suren Ratwatte, chief executive of the airline said.

“All together we estimate a loss of 47 million US dollars.”

Earlier the Airline advised customers of changes to its schedule over a three-month period commencing from 06th January 2017 to 06th April 2017,due to the closure of Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport from 0830 hours to 1630 hours each day for maintenance work on the runway.

The closure of BIA affects flights of all airlines that operate to BIA during the scheduled time of maintenance work.

“The airline is not the operator of the airport and has no control over the scheduled maintenance works but we are in full agreement that the the work needs to be done,” Ajith Dias, chairman of SriLankan Airlines added.

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