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SriLankan Airlines back to the WTC

By Sunimalee Dias

SriLankan Airlines offices are expected to shift back to its previous location at World Trade Centre (WTC) in Colombo by December, airline sources said. The national carrier shifted some of its operations to Katunayaka due to the increase in the rentals at the WTC. But due to logistical reasons the airline is compelled to shift some of its operations back to Colombo.

However, officials point out that with the shift only two floors of the WTC will be occupied by the airline while some others will be located at its premises on Baron Jayatilleke Mawatha. The shift is likely to take place around November as the airline believes its offices require increased accessibility and in order to ensure better coordination and increased productivity.

Back in 2008 SriLankan Airlines shifted its Colombo operations with the intention of cutting down on costs and working under one roof for the first time. Officials at the airline at the time believed it would be an ideal move that was envisaged for some time.

The majority of the airline’s 4,900 staff at the time were located in Katunayaka who were then later joined by over 300 employees. The separate divisions that shifted to Katunayaka in 2008 were Chairman’s Office, CEO’s Office, Company Secretary, Commercial Division, Corporate Affairs Division and the IT Division.

The airline had been occupying the premises at the WTC for nearly a decade until they moved in 2008.
The airline constructed a new building and renovated two other buildings in a bid to ensure the smooth shift of these operations to Katunayaka. The staff were also provided transport with the purchase of extra coaches for this purpose.

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