You may (not) remember a recent story about the President of Sri Lanka and his entourage being denied boarding on a SriLankan flight from London to Colombo because the carrier did not hold enough seats for his 30+ crew. Fast forward to yesterday when that odd incident led to Emirates deciding to cancel its contract to run the airline.
The SriLankan government had revoked the work permit of the airline’s CEO (who had strong ties to Emirates), effectively kicking him out of the country. Emirates wasn’t happy with this move and, long story short, bid SriLankan a fond adieu.
As the article notes, SriLankan has been in a bit of trouble recently, as the government has launched a low-cost carrier for short-haul flying, and Sri Lanka has become less interesting as a connecting point as India has loosened some restrictions on adding additional flights to the country (and the ongoing conflict with the Tamil Tigers hasn’t helped either).