June 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan airlines has said it recruited only 126 employees from January 2015 to May 2017 under the current board of directors.
Responding to the media reports which said the cash-strapped airline had recruited 1,250 new employees without the knowledge of the subject Minister, the airline said only 126 new employees were recruited from January 2015 to May 2017, in consultation with the Public Enterprise Development Ministry.
The airline in a statement said the new employees included management trainees, cadet pilots, airport service delivery and additional security personnel recruited based on the increased number of flights and the statutory requirements stipulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAASL) to enhance airside security for catering.
“It is relevant to note that the airline’s fleet has increased from 19 aircraft between January 31, 2015 to 24 aircraft and May 31, 2017, which is a 26% increase. The capacity has increased by 19%. Comparatively, the increase in cadre was less than 2%," the statement said.
It added that all these appointments have been made in consultation with the Ministry of Public Enterprise and the details pertaining to which have been sent to the Ministry prior to making the appointments.