‘Aeroflot’ suspends flights to Sri Lanka over aircraft’s arrest
Russian Airline Aeroflot has suspended commercial flights to Sri Lanka.
The decision was prompted by “the unfavourable situation as regards guarantees of unobstructed flights of the airline’s aircraft to Sri Lanka,” Aeroflot said in a statement.
The airline suspended the sale of tickets to Colombo as well.
The airline launched its services in Sri Lanka on 4th November, 2021.
Sri Lankan Ambassador to Moscow Janitha Abewickrema Liyanage was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday where she expressed resolute protest over the detention of an Aeroflot plane in her country, according to a statement made by the Russian diplomatic agency.
“The head of the diplomatic mission expressed protest over the groundless decision by Sri Lanka’s judicial authorities to detain a regular Aeroflot flight preparing to depart for Moscow at Bandaranaike International Airport on June 2,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “We urged the Sri Lankan side to settle this problem as soon as possible to avoid its negative impact on traditionally friendly bilateral relations,” the agency added.
On 03rd June, Aeroflot reported that the departure of its SU-289 flight from Colombo to Moscow scheduled for June 2 was at first delayed and then cancelled due to the absence of a permit from Sri Lanka’s aviation authorities.
On 02nd of June, Colombo Commercial High Court Judge Harsha Sethunga, after hearing a complaint filed by Celestial Aviation Trading Limited leasing company in Ireland, issued the enjoining order on the respondent Russian airline Aeroflot and banned its Airbus A330 jet from leaving Sri Lanka until June 16.
A court hearing to lift the seizure of the aircraft is scheduled for June 8, 2022.
The plaintiff states that it has a settlement case with the respondent Russian Airlines, and therefore, the complainant had filed a complaint seeking an injunction restraining an aircraft belonging to the respondent airline from leaving Sri Lanka.
$35 a barrel oil offer gone too! With a recent phone call assuring support from a friendly country, these are very likely ‘orders’ given, including paying around $118 a barrel of crude oil to support Ukraine campaign. Enjoy the non-align and the side effects of the ‘aragale’. Now obey orders from everywhere around the world and get squeezed to the death now. That was why I supported R’s to align SL with China. But for a country full of corruption from the top to the bottom, disharmony built into DNA and finger pointing, there is no future but slavery to the rest of the world.
The SL Judiciary is supreme, Indra Akke.
Doesn’t matter whether we are aligned or non aligned. Cannot compromise on judicial principles. Cannot compromise on justice.
The Judiciary has deemed that Aeroflot cannot fly, uninsured. That decision is valuable.
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, smashing age-old residences of the proletariat and other infrastructure, cannot be tolerated. In fact, the invasion of Ukraine is a contributory factor, not only to SL’s economic woes, but economic woes all over the World.
Certainly Sri Lanka’s judiciary is supreme and it has also acquitted Basil and Nadesan the accusers as well as protesters (because they could not produce evidence they claimed to have) being unable to prove. That decision also stands and valid as much as this one as well as all the decisions before and after. I look forward to seeing other accusations being proven before the court. These days nobody much reply or comment on your posts except your side kick PuKa-Ka. So, don’t bother dragging this on.
PS. Any sign of the content (IE. evidence of SL’s stolen billions) in AKD’s small mountain of folders brought to public display being made available to the public of SL?