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Airlines this year has been consistently achieving nearly 90% punctuality
inflights departing within 15 minutes of their scheduled time said Sampath
Perera, Manager PIC, Recruitment and Emergency Response Planning. According
to SriLankan Airlines this measures up to the highest standards in the
international aviation industry.
The airline began
concentrating on improving its punctuality with the formation of a
Punctuality Improvement Committee (PIC) in August 1999. The PIC meets daily
to investigate the causes of any delays.
is an excellent standard for any airline, especially when one considers that
SriLankan has been expanding its route network rapidly, flying more aircraft
more frequently to more destinations,” said Perera.
The PIC discusses daily
on flights during the 24 hours preceding its daily meetings, ensuring that
there is no laps in time between the delay and investigation.
The PIC, which is chaired
by the airline’s Chief Technical Officer, is comprised of representatives
of all operational areas of the airline, which means any department that
could cause a delay.
“The PIC’s task is to
find the cause of a delay and recommend action that will ensure that the
cause of a delay does not recur,” said Perera. “We focuses on preventive
action, and our recommendations are circulated among all departments which
need to institute changes in order to prevent delays.”
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Date: December 11, 2003 -7.30