Apr 02, 2020

SriLankan implements pay cuts ; suspends flights Featured

Sri Lanka's national carrier - SriLankan Airlines has announced that has decided to slash the salaries of its staff for a period of three months.

The media release says that in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, "the management of SriLankan Airlines has already taken measures to preserve the liquidity of the National Carrier by negotiating deferred payment plans and deductions with Airline’s key suppliers. Whilst doing so, the Airline is continuously looking at creating new business opportunities whilst focusing on cost saving measures to improve liquidity."

"These measures include mandatory salary reductions from the staff starting from 2.5% to 25% for a period of three months, freezing all the salary increments to be implemented in the year 2020, and other initiatives including temporarily terminating operations from 8th to 21st April, 2020 with the exception of cargo services which have a direct impact in saving costs."

"The management of SriLankan Airlines is taking all endeavors to protect and safeguard its staff members and their employment with the total confidence that the Airline will collectively overcome these challenges, with the strength of the Airline’s employees," the media release further adds.

Flights suspended

Meanwhile, in a separate media release, the airline informs that they will temporarily suspend all its flights from 8th April 2020 to 21st of April 2020 in view of the travel restrictions imposed by the destinations they operate to.

In a media release, the airline says that they are 'constantly reviewing the market conditions and the restrictions imposed by the various authorities and will be ready to recommence its operations at short notice even before the 21st April 2020 in the event such restrictions are lifted.'

SriLankan emphasises that they are willing to operate special flights during this period to repatriate the Sri Lankans who are wanting to return to the Country if required.

Further, the Airlines’ cargo services will continue to operate from its worldwide network and special flights as and when required, the media release adds.