Oct 11, 2020

Dual citizen replaces MRIA Gen. Manager!

General Manager of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) - Upul Kalansooriya, has been transferred from yesterday (08) onwards.

He has been transferred to the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake.

Reports say he has been transferred on charges of directing a Russian flight crew to a hotel in Matara, without informing the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) and overriding the quarantine process.

Mr. Kalansooriya has been replaced by Mahen Abeysekera, a retired Army officer who served at Gatwick Airport in the UK for 12 years. It is also said he is a dual citizen.

The appointment was made by the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority - Maj. Gen. G.A. Chandrasiri.

Sources from the aviation industry also say that leaking of details pertaining to flights which had brought in Brandix staff.