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UL CEO hopeful of tourism boom, but concerned over pilot exodus

COLOMBO (News 1st) – SriLankan Airlines CEO Richard Nuttall was upbeat on on support of global travel trade for tourism revival in the country, however expressed concern over the exodus of pilots from the airline that is in its early stages."As Sri Lankan Airlines we carry 60% of the tourists that come to the country. We also have 37 sales offices around the world and we are the first point of contact with many of the tour operators and travel agents that sell to the country.

What has really become clear over the last five or six months is, the challenge is not so much in selling Sri Lanka as a destination on what you can see here," he said.The CEO added that the concern has been from the foreign press and the travel advisories, that claim Sri Lanka is perhaps not safe. He said that rather than spending the lots of dollars that the country doesn't have in going out and visiting other countries to try and promote the country, what the airlines need to do is bring the key sellers of the country, actually into Sri Lanka and show them that nothing has changed and the country is absolutely safe, ready, and it is time for tourism to come back. "We have brought in 170 of the key travel agents and the people who have historically sold Sri Lanka around the world. They now understand that Sri Lankan food is still there, the challenge is food poverty for Sri Lankans which tourism can help by bringing dollars, not lack of food," he added.The CEO also commented on the government proposal of restructuring the national carrier."I don't think any decisions have been made on that.

We all know that it is part of the discussions that are going on with the IMF. We had a paper that went on privatization, that went through the aviation

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Airlines - Aeroflot flies back to Sri Lanka after grounded aircraft controversy - newsfirst.lk - India - Sri Lanka - Britain - Ireland - Russia - city London
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Aeroflot flies back to Sri Lanka after grounded aircraft controversy
COLOMBO (News 1st) –  Following controversy over grounded aircraft by its government, Russia's Aeroflot resumed services to Sri Lanka on Monday (10).With the arrival of an Aeroflot Flight on Monday (10) to the Katunayake International Airpor the Moscow-Colombo route will be reinstated, on conditions being promised by the Sri Lankan government that none of its planes will be grounded or arrested.On 2nd June 2022, SU289, A330-343 aircraft was scheduled to depart from Colombo to Moscow with 191 passengers and 13 crew members, but it was not allowed, as the owner of the aircraft – Celestial Aviation of Ireland had filed a case against the airline, for a pending arbitration on the lease of the aircraft in London.Following the legal dispute, Aeroflot also announced that it was suspending commercial flights between Colombo and Moscow.Aeroflot is the oldest international airline that operated flights to Colombo, and it has been operating the Moscow-Colombo route since 1964.Russia remains the third largest tourism source market year-to-date with 51,300 arrivals, behind India and UK.The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow in September announced that Aeroflot, the national carrier of the Russian Federation, will resume flight operations to Sri Lanka with effect from the 09th October 2022.The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow in consultation with the Government of Sri Lanka played a pivotal role by making a diplomatic representation with the Government of the Russian Federation in order to resume Aeroflot’s flights on this route.Given that the Russian Federation could be regarded as an important tourist traffic source to Sri Lanka at this trying time, the Embassy was of the view that this flight resumption will be of vital importance to Sri
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Tourism Promo in Belgium’s Walloon region
COLOMBO (News 1st) – The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brussels conducted a tourism promotion workshop in Namur, Belgium recently.The Governor of the Namur Province, Denis Mathen, inaugurated the workshop and spoke in favor of promoting Sri Lanka as a holiday destination for the people in the province. This is the first time a Sri Lanka tourism promotion event has been held in the French-speaking Walloon region.Around 50 tour operators and agents travel journalists, travel media and TV professionals, travel bloggers, social media influencers, representatives of airlines, and decision-makers from the Belgian tourism industry attended the event. The local TV channel, Walloon TV, provided media coverage for the event, which added further outreach to Sri Lanka's tourism.Delivering the welcome address, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Belgium, Grace Asirwatham said that, popularly endorsed as one of the best tourist destinations in the world, Sri Lanka was an extremely safe, secure, and serene destination for visitors. Further, Ambassador Asirwatham explained the post-COVID-19 situation in the country and informed that the country was fully open to tourists from all over the world. She also prevailed on the travel agencies to include Sri Lanka in their list of countries as one of the best destinations for Belgian travelers.Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Antwerp Monique De Decker, Managing Director of Andrew The Travel Company (Pvt) Ltd Mahen Kariyawasan, and Advisor of the Classic Destinations Ruwan De Alwis, made presentations to promote the diverse tourist attractions in Sri Lanka including mainstream and niche products. The administrator of Public Market Michele le Grand-Decharneux shared her best experience with the Sri Lanka
Airlines - Aeroflot: Bandula apologizes for arresting flight - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka - Ireland - Russia - city Moscow
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Aeroflot: Bandula apologizes for arresting flight
COLOMBO (News 1st) – Minister of Transport Bandula Gunawardena in an interview to Ria Novosti, Russian media, hsa apologized for the arrest of a Russian Aircraft in June.In an interview, the Minister said that it "was a terrible mistake" and that Sri Lankan authorities apologize for what happened.Speaking further, the Minister said that Unfortunately, an error with the Russian aircraft of the company "Aeroflot" led to the flight being arrested by a Court order. However, he said thayt now this problem has been solved, and the President, the Prime Minister and the entire Government of Sri Lanka guarantees that this will never happen again. "We don't want to arrest any planes in Sri Lanka." the Minister said.Although attempts were made, the Minister was not immediately available for a comment on the matter.In June, the Aeroflot A330 (SU289) was grounded in Colombo following a court order obtained by Celestial Aviation Trading 10 Limited of Ireland, the owner of the aircraft, against Aeroflot in a Colombo court, over a lease dispute.However. the Commercial High Court of Colombo reversed its own decision of June 2nd of this year, on the detention of an Aeroflot flight at Bandaranaike International Airport.The Airbus A330-343 operated by Russian state-owned airline Aeroflot was denied permission to fly to Moscow as scheduled on June 2nd amid a legal dispute with a leasing company.
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United Airlines invests $15 million in flying taxis: 'Going to change the way we live'
United signs purchase agreement for up to 400 eVTOL aircraft (Photo: United) United Airlines thinks that in a few years, plenty of big-city customers will pay $100 or more for a one-way ride to the airport in a four-seat, electric-powered air taxi.The Chicago-based airline said Thursday that it invested $15 million in a startup manufacturer, and signed a "conditional" agreement to buy 200 of the tiny aircraft with options for 200 more.United said it expects to receive the first taxis — which will take off and land vertically, like helicopters — from Eve Air Mobility as soon as 2026.It's hard to judge United's commitment to the deal, since it wouldn't provide terms for the order. A spokesman said the conditions are standard when buying an aircraft that hasn't been certified by regulators, and they cover "a number of United’s business objectives."The stake in Eve amounts to less than 5% of United's second-quarter profit.READ MORE: United Airlines threatens to end service at major U.S. airportBut the deal fits United's pattern of announcing interest in startups that are trying to build and win regulatory approval for air taxis, like Archer, and supersonic planes, like Boom.Mike Leskinen, president of United's venture-funding arm, said the eVTOLs — electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft — will be ideally suited for traffic-clogged cities where United flies, including New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
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