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Sri Lankan Airways rose like a phoenix: Envoy

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1st July, 2022 09:12:47 PM
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Sri Lankan Airways rose like a phoenix: Envoy
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Professor Sudharshan Seneviratne. Photo: Collected

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Bangladesh Prof Sudharshan Seneviratne said despite all odds Sri Lankan Airways raised like a phoenix.

He made the remarks at Sri Lankan Airlines Evening in the capital on Thursday.

Recalling the 2001 suicide attack on Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport and the adjoining air force base at Katunayake, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner said, “It was known as the most destructive terrorist act in aviation history that destroyed a major segment of the fleet. But from the ashes, Sri Lankan Airways rose like a phoenix.”

He said Sri Lankan Airlines did not have even a single causality during years of airborne operations, which indeed is a proud record enhancing passengers’ faith and trust in the airliner.

Mentioning Sri Lankan Air Lines’ worldwide connectivity, Prof Seneviratne thanked those who stood by the airliner during its good and bad times.

He appreciated Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s friendly gesture when she sent 25 tons of medicine worth $ 2.5 million to Sri Lanka when the country was struggling for shortage of medicine.

Stating Bangladesh a modern-day miracle, Sri Lankan High Commissioner said in many ways the culture and the advancement of modern Bangladesh are crystallized in the amazing creation of the 6.5 km long Padma Bridge.

“It is not the steel and concrete that ultimately matter. It represents determination and creativity symbolising the inner strength to overcome all odds and presenting the personality and anatomy of a resilient nation. It is a direct outcome following the vision of Bangabandhu translated into action by the leadership of his daughter, Sheik Hasina,” he said.