Int’l operations re-launched this month :
Mihin to launch domestic flights
Mihin Lanka will introduce domestic flights to three destinations
after launching their international schedule end of this month. This
would be done within three months and the management hopes to lease 17
new aircraft for these operations. The airline is looking at flying to
Trincomalee, Palaly and Ampara mainly targeting the local business
Chairman Mihin Lanka, Raja Edirisuriya speaking to ‘Daily News
Business’ said that they want to make Mihin, the best low cost airline
in the region. “We are adopting new strategies and have launched a new
business model to make the airline a viable venture,” he said.
The agreement to lease a new aircraft from a French company was
signed last week and the new 186 seater Boeing would arrive in Sri Lanka
on 19. The wet lease agreement would be reviewed once again in three
months and the airline is next looking at a more profitable one.
A four member international technical team will arrive this week to
train the local airline crew for these operations.
Under the first stage the airline will operate six weekly flights to
Dubai leaving Colombo at 10 p.m. In addition there would be five to
three frequencies to both Trevendrum and Trichi. The Bodhgaya flights
will operate from February 15.
A sum of over one million US dollars that were in arrears to
companies in both India and Dubai were also paid last week.
“Mihin is a new year gift from the government to the masses,” he
said. He said under the new roll out plan a home grown call centre was
established with an investment of less than Rs. 200,000.
“Earlier Rs. 2.5 million was spent to maintain it each month,” he
said. The hotline for the call centre is 2002255.
The new CEO, Kapila Chandrasensa said the operations would be highly
profit oriented and the airline would be a mixture of a low cost and a
full service airline.
“We are not going to eat into the SriLankan airlines market and are
looking at new synergies to tap the masses,” he said. The fares would be
less than the current prices and enhanced on board service would be
offered for Dubai flight.
“While the Dubai flight targets the Sri Lankan expat workers the
Indian flights would be mainly for Indian passengers who wants to fly
international from Colombo.
Indian flights (Bodhgaya) will also target first time travelers and
the Buddhist pilgrims who cannot afford high airfares,” he said. He also
aid the global airline industry is facing a crisis due to the world
economic downturn. “However good governance would allow Mihin to stay
afoot,” he said.