President Rajapakse has emphasised that not a single letter of the Mahinda Chintana had been altered in the midst of many challenges. He pointed out that terrorists who had been labelled as the most dangerous in the world are suffering heavy defeats.
The President observed that it is of no use in blaming the past, the management or its discrepancies. Lessons can be learnt from the past. He proposed that these mistakes should be rectified in the name of the posterity. Mihin Lanka Airlines was launched to restore the lost heritage of the people. It is a major responsibility and challenge. The airlines was launched at a time when there is much competition among developed airlines in the region. This is an era when the biggest economies in the world are facing challenges. Fuel prices are steadily rising, impacting every airline in the world. Food prices are also increasing. The world s most brutal terrorists in this country want to undermine the national carrier airlines. They attacked the airport on several instances to halt the services and to marginalise the country. The President said the democratic rights of the Eastern civilians have been restored. As the new Chairman pointed out this is a time when the government has drawn its attention to economic development. He is optimistic that this would not be too much of a burden.
The President was addressing a ceremony marking the vesting of the administration of Sri Lankan Airlines in the government. It was organised at the Katunayake International Airport premises. The government has taken over the management of Air Lanka, which was entrusted to the Emirates Airlines 10 years ago. It will be re-oriented by the government with a new look. The official commencement of the work related to the administration and services took place today under the patronage of the President. Further giving his views, the President said having a local management will not merely safeguard the country s heritage. Several challenges had to be surmounted if Sri Lankan Airlines was to be converted into a national resource.
President Rajapakse emphasised the need for the Sri Lankan Airlines to take the country s pride and culture to the world. He underscored the need to provide equal service to foreign visitors as well as to the civilians of the very remote villages.
Expressing his views, Minister Chamal Rajapakse observed that it is a historic incident that the real heritage of the Sri Lankan Airlines, which was deprived from the Sri Lankans had been secured again. He is confident that the employees would look after and nurture their establishment. All Sri Lankans who care for the country expect the airlines to be of higher standards and efficiency. The Minister said that he believed the employees would be grateful to them for fulfilling their wishes.
Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne and Chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines Dr. P.B. Jayasundera also gave their views. Ministers Douglas Devananda, Felix Perera and Dayasritha Tissera, Parliamentarian Reggie Ranatunga and Board members including Nishantha Wickremasinghe graced the occasion.