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Sri Lankan Airlines flight forced to U-turn

A Sri Lankan Airlines flight from Melbourne, Australia, that was bound for Colombo was forced to U-turn, following technical difficulties.

Sri Lankan Airlines is facing serious financial difficulties and is in the process of structuring. The Sri Lankan government has decided to sell the loss-making company’s majority stake to the highest bidder.

Economy Next reports that the airlines has witnessed a number of technical issues in Colombo under Sri Lankan management but was once profitable under Dubai-based Emirates management.

This is not the first time that Sri Lankan Airlines has faced such difficulties. Similar issues emerged with the airline having a flight from Bangkok delayed by over 10 hours. Among the passengers that were delayed were MPs Kabir Hashim and Chandima Weerakkody. Weerakkody would later tell parliament that the delays and cancellations had caused losses of USD 6 million.

“For us, we were operating short of crew on almost every flight,” a cabin crew member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Sunday Times last year, admitting that repeated scenes of angry passengers had badly impacted the airline’s international reputation.

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