BrightCedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1291 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1708 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, 30071 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1680 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 ......
RFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7885 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1487 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, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1321 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)