Former Chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines Nishantha Wickremesinghe yesterday issued a statement to the media over the recent report which filed allegations of fraud and misconduct against Sri Lankan Airlines.
Replying to allegations of purchasing new aircraft at a cost of 2.3 Billion US Dollars he said that it was done as most aircraft of Sri Lankan were 12 to 18 years old.
He said that the purchase was done with the intention of competing with other airlines and with the consent of the board of directors.
The Former Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman rejected that he possessed a super luxury vehicle in addition to a Benz and Prado.
Referring to the allegations over the Air Taxi service which suffered huge losses, the Former Chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines Nishantha Wickremesinghe said that the step was taken to support the Tourism industry but was abandoned as it made losses.
There were allegations about attaching an Air Hostess to a the Presidential Secretariat but the Former Chairman said that it was done as a Public Relations measure and assigned a limited number of flights to ensure her Aviation licence remained valid.
He also rejected allegations of using Sri Lankan Airlines flights to accommodate a vehicle spare parts business of Yoshitha Rajapaksa.
In conclusion the Former Chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines says that allegations raised were complex and cannot be discussed overnight and sighted the allegations as politically motivated.