AASL able to handle loss incurred due to visitor shortage- Sooriyarachchi
BY Thameenah Razeek
Even though the Airport and Aviation Services Limited (AASL) is facing a huge loss due to the closure of the airport, Vice Chairman of AASL Rajeev Sooriyarachchi yesterday (23) said they have sufficient funds in fixed deposits to overcome the deficit.
He said they expect the repatriation process to end by December and should then open the airport.
Sooriyarachchi also stated there were a large number of visitors waiting to visit Sri Lanka and when they do come, the monies will suffice to meet the arrears payments. “But the issue is we do not know when the airports will open. They should expedite the process because if not there will be no funding source to settle the arrears,” he noted.
However, the ticket cost of a passenger who returns under the repatriation process was double the amount. However, AASL has sufficient funds to meet the deficit caused by the delay in arrivals.
When asked about the loss incurred at AASL, Sooriyarachchi refused to give details.
“The health authorities have not yet given the greenlight for the airport to be opened to visitors. He also said a lot of practical issues regarding virus spread prevention have yet to be resolved in order to reopen the airport. World Health Authorities also should give the greenlight regarding this,” he said.