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Sri Lankan Airlines CEO thanks India for helping the carrier during economic crisis Sri Lankan Airlines
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Sri Lankan Airlines CEO thanks India for helping the carrier during economic crisis

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 01 Feb 2023, 11:39 pm

Colombo: Sri Lankan Airlines CEO Richard Nuttall has said the Indian government helped the country’s airlines running amid challenges brought on by the economic crisis.

In an interview with ANI, Nuttall said, “Things like wellness and ayurveda and adventure tourism are on the growth worldwide and Sri Lanka provides them in spades so the tourism will come back. But the third leg that we are very strong in is all of the secondary cities in India particularly going east so if you want to go from those cities going west you have got all the gulf carriers and you have got a lot of competition some of it is frankly a different economic model.”

“But going east we are uniquely positioned we are right at the tur of India. And for many of those going east, there is no airline that is more geographically placed to take advantage. Sri Lankans understand service & there’s a real hospitality that works very well in Indian markets. India is a source of tourists for Sri Lanka. India is important to the airline.” he told the news agency.

Nuttall thanked India for all the support, saying that New Delhi had provided the fuel and the civil aviation authorities, too, helped the countries.

The airlines stated that while Covid had impacted Sri Lanka’s economy, the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict had led to a hike in prices of aviation turbine fuel (ATF).

“It was basically a one-off July and august Sri Lanka basically ran out of fuel. So I don’t know that a national airline has to operate without any jet fuel. So we are very lucky that the civil aviation industry was actually aware of what was going on in the country. So they gradually reduced everybody’s quota. So we had to do deck stops in India initially we had to get approvals from the Indian authorities although afterwards, we got these approvals faster as everyone know what was going on everyone was very helpful and supportive we got support from the airport and oil companies,” he said.