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  1. #9541
    DECISIONS TAKEN BY THE CABINET OF MINISTERS AT ITS MEETING HELD ON 21.11.2017

    Signing of agreement on bilateral aviation between Sri Lanka and Jamaica - Approved

    Signing of agreement on bilateral aviation between Sri Lanka & Hellenic Republic - Approved

    Proponent – Transport & Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva

    Award of contract for construction of Fuel Hydrant system and improvement of aviation fuel terminal facilities at Bandaranaike International Airport - Approved

    Proponent – Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunga

    https://www.news.lk/cabinet-decusion...-on-21-11-2017

  2. #9542
    AirAsia's Tony Fernandes praises Sri Lanka, after reports of talks

    Boss of Malaysia's AirAsia Tony Fernandes tweeted praise for Sri Lanka following reports that the budget carrier was in talks to set up a joint venture airline and help build a budget terminal in the island.

    "Applause to countries like Sri Lanka who realise that not one airport fits all," Fernandez said in a post on twitter.com.

    Sri Lanka's The Sunday Times newspaper said AirAsia had met senior ministers and a high powered economic policy committee to make the case for a joint venture airline.

    The building of a 70 to 100 million dollar, budget airport terminal was also discussed the report said.

    "Malaysia led the way with LCCT in KLIA and KKIA," Fernandes tweeted, referring to budget terminals in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia.

    "And look at what we created. Largest low cost airline in [A]sia and huge [Tourism] and Job creator."

    http://economynext.com/AirAsia_Tony_...ks-3-9213.html

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    Just got to know from a very credible source that Turkish Airlines would be starting direct flights to Istanbul (IST) from Colombo (CMB).Expected to begin in March 2018
    They Currently operate TK730 and TK731 via. Male (MLE) on their Airbus A330-300's
    - Aaqib (FlyinColors/Airlines747)

  4. #9544
    Quote Originally Posted by Aaqib View Post
    Just got to know from a very credible source that Turkish Airlines would be starting direct flights to Istanbul (IST) from Colombo (CMB).Expected to begin in March 2018
    They Currently operate TK730 and TK731 via. Male (MLE) on their Airbus A330-300's
    Good news if it's been materialised ! Flight info of TK's CMB nonstop flights are yet to be updated on Amadeus & TK Website. I believe TK has very good demand on IST-MLE. May be that's the reason TK wants to split the MLE & CMB. Any chance TK is maintaining the daily frequency to CMB when it does operate the nonstop flights next year ?

  5. #9545
    Quote Originally Posted by Aaqib View Post
    The Inbound charter flights are indeed for Umrah Pilgrims en-route to Jeddah (JED) probably Madinah (MED). With the Umrah Pilgrimage season starting we'd see more of Sriwijaya's 737-800's at CMB in the next couple of months.
    Last year Garuda's Y360 configured old A333s were refuelling at CMB since their old A333s can't carry full fuel and 360pax on it's journey between Indonesia & Saudi without a stopover for refuelling. Any chance Garuda would re-fuelling at CMB this year for umrah flights ?

  6. #9546
    Sri Lanka has given a 60 billion rupee bailout for state-run SriLankan Airlines to get domestic and international funding in July 2017 with the airline group running with 107 billion rupee hole in the balance sheet.
    http://www.economynext.com/SriLanka_...et-3-9246.html

    Srilankan cancels flight to Kunming from 28 Feb 18. why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serendib View Post
    Sri Lanka has given a 60 billion rupee bailout for state-run SriLankan Airlines to get domestic and international funding in July 2017 with the airline group running with 107 billion rupee hole in the balance sheet.
    http://www.economynext.com/SriLanka_...et-3-9246.html

    Srilankan cancels flight to Kunming from 28 Feb 18. why?
    Load factors are less it seems. That's why.

  8. #9548
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandaru View Post
    It appears to be that, they performing a test flight at the moment, i guess its the first flight.
    4R-ANE second flight today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AF777 View Post
    4R-ANE second flight today.
    ...And here is a picture Taken on November 28, 2017 by xfwspot

    DAZAV 7891 ALK

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    Extreme weather in SL. Flights delayed and are in holding patterns over CMB. AK/AXM 47 (airasia)Diverting probably to India.
    UL/ALK 605 from MEL landed.
    UL/ALK124 from MAA(Chennai) is diverting to HRI, Mattala.
    Last edited by SLD; 29-11-2017 at 05:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLD View Post
    Extreme weather in SL. Flights delayed and are in holding patterns over CMB. AK/AXM 47 (airasia)Diverting probably to India.
    UL/ALK 605 from MEL landed.
    UL/ALK124 from MAA(Chennai) is diverting to HRI, Mattala.
    Extreme weather around CMB!

    UL 196 from DEL (4R-ABR) currently holding at 5,000 ft.

    UL 172 from BLR (4R-ALJ) just diverted to HRI
    UL 124 (4R-MRE) inbound from MAA diverted to HRI

    Air Aisa AK47 (9M-AJT) diverted to Probably TRZ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLD View Post
    Extreme weather in SL. Flights delayed and are in holding patterns over CMB. AK/AXM 47 (airasia)Diverting probably to India.
    UL/ALK 605 from MEL landed.
    UL/ALK124 from MAA(Chennai) is diverting to HRI, Mattala.
    Looks like UL172 (A332) diverting to HRI too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandaru View Post
    Looks like UL172 (A332) diverting to HRI too
    UL/ALK 172 from Bengaluru is diverting to HRI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLD View Post
    UL/ALK 172 from Bengaluru is diverting to HRI.
    UL124- Diverted to HRI (On Ground)
    AK47- Diverted to TRZ (On Ground)
    UL172- Diverted to HRI (On Ground)
    UL196- Landed at CMB
    - Aaqib (FlyinColors/Airlines747)

  15. #9555
    Quote Originally Posted by SLD View Post
    UL/ALK 172 from Bengaluru is diverting to HRI.
    My parents are on the UL172 flight - really worried if they will make it to their next connection on UL604...

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    Quote Originally Posted by abhijith16 View Post
    My parents are on the UL172 flight - really worried if they will make it to their next connection on UL604...
    Were your parents able to catch UL 604? As per FR24, UL 172 reached CMB at 1.05am and UL 604 left CMB at 1.07am.UL 124 reached CMB at 12.32am.I am assuming UL 604 was holding until both UL 172 and UL 124 reaching CMB.
    Last edited by Sandaru; 30-11-2017 at 02:58 AM. Reason: Corrected UL 604 departure time

  17. #9557
    Quote Originally Posted by channa View Post
    Were your parents able to catch UL 604? As per FR24, UL 172 reached CMB at 1.05am and UL 604 left CMB at 1.07am.UL 124 reached CMB at 12.32am.I am assuming UL 604 was holding until both UL 172 and UL 124 reaching CMB.
    UL 172 arrived at CMB - 01:00AM
    UL 604 departed from CMB - 01:07AM

    That gives less than 7 minutes time to transiting passengers. Is it enough to transit from one flight to another at CMB?

  18. #9558
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandaru View Post
    UL 172 arrived at CMB - 01:00AM
    UL 604 departed from CMB - 01:07AM

    That gives less than 7 minutes time to transiting passengers. Is it enough to transit from one flight to another at CMB?
    I don't think they made it. Playback data on FR24 shows that UL172 parked at remote stand after landing only at 19.38 UTC. UL604 commenced pushback from one of the aerobridge gates at 19:21 UTC

  19. #9559
    Quote Originally Posted by channa View Post
    Were your parents able to catch UL 604? As per FR24, UL 172 reached CMB at 1.05am and UL 604 left CMB at 1.07am.UL 124 reached CMB at 12.32am.I am assuming UL 604 was holding until both UL 172 and UL 124 reaching CMB.
    No they didn’t - in fact as UL172 was about to land into CMB from HRI, UL604 was at the holding point waiting for UL172 to vacate the runway for take off.

    But nevertheless UL was proactive in ensuring my parents weren’t stranded in Colombo Airport - immediately upon arrival, UL agents proceeded to rebook my parents onto tonight’s UL604 to Melbourne and arranged hotel accomodation at the Ramada near Galle. My parents were gifted with an impromptu visit to Sri Lanka, so they were quite pleased!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abhijith16 View Post
    No they didnít - in fact as UL172 was about to land into CMB from HRI, UL604 was at the holding point waiting for UL172 to vacate the runway for take off.

    But nevertheless UL was proactive in ensuring my parents werenít stranded in Colombo Airport - immediately upon arrival, UL agents proceeded to rebook my parents onto tonightís UL604 to Melbourne and arranged hotel accomodation at the Ramada near Galle. My parents were gifted with an impromptu visit to Sri Lanka, so they were quite pleased!
    Ok. Good to hear that.Good customer service by UL. UL 604has left CMB almost 1hr late and probably they cannot delay it too much

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