BrightCedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1286 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1510 times:
Well, it is unacceptable. It's not like there was an emergency or anything. They could have planned this well in advance.
I wonder how the Sri Lankan President got to England in the first place? They just showed up at the airport in Colombo and waved a plane? Anyway this is in no way a matter of the State and I don't see why hard earned Sri Lankan tax payer money should be involved in financing such a trip. Same goes for any leader in any country.
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26496 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1482 times:
So they would off load confirmed passengers going on holiday just for political reasons!! Just when UL has got a good name for itself the Sri Lankan government want to use it as its private jet!! It stinks of the Air Lanka days ......
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RFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7345 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1289 times:
Quoting Vincewy (Reply 4): How can you remove someone's work eligibility when he's married to a Sri Lankan?
I have no idea what the laws are in that country - but it would be quite possible in the US.
The person married to a US citizen has the right to apply for status as an immigrant to the US. There are some details - but basically they have that right - but there is no requirement they must apply for such status.
In many cases the foreign citizen spouse has no intention of giving up his/her home country citizenship.
That person will be able to get extended stay visa's based upon their marriage - but those visa's have no right to work in the US.
They must qualify for a status which allows them to work based on criteria other than the marriage if they do not state an intention to become a US citizen. That work permission can be removed if they fail to qualify for the requirements at some point in the future.
I would suspect this airline CEO has no intention of giving up British citizenship to become a Sri Lankan citizen - so his work status is under other rules than as an immigrant spouse.
YYZ4RADD From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1123 times:
The president and his buddies in Sri Lanka has been unhappy with a foreign hand running Sri Lankan, who was a former Emirates employee. They used this excuse to fire the fellow...doesnt it seem odd that all of a sudden the President wants to fly Sri Lankan when he has been flying Mihin all along even to the UN meetings in New York on a A321. His family owns Mihin indirectly through a Singaporean based company. His brother is honorary chairman of Mihin.
I wonder if this excuse will be used by the SL govt not renew the Emirates agreement (which they are not happy about). They might designate a person to run the airline who Emirates will not approve and hence the domino effect.
The reason Mihin was setup was they were not happy with a foreign (especially Muslim airline) running Sri Lankan (it goes back to the Singhala nationalist nonsense that exists in Sri Lanka (one of the primary reasons for the current war)