A Sri Lankan airlines flight had to be delayed by thirty two minutes to accommodate former President Chandrika Kumaratunge. The former President left for London last morning after returning to the country from a holiday in Australia two days ago.
The Sri Lankan airlines flight was due to leave the Katunayake air port at 8.50 am yesterday. Most passengers had arrived at the air port by 5.00 a.m., completed customs and immigration requirements and the flight was ready to take off, when the air port authorities received a message informing them that the former president was likely to get late and ordered to delay the flight until her arrival.
VIP`s including foreigners and businessmen were among the passengers bound for London. The air port authorities were seriously embarrassed not being able to give reasons for the delay
Ultimately former president arrived at the air port at 9.20 a.m.
This is the second occasion during the month when a Sri Lankan airlines flight was delayed to accommodate former President.