Sri Lanka’s national carrier SriLankan Airlines has dropped 14 places from 67th last year to 81st in 2017, a latest global airline ranking indicated.
The rankings were announced at the World Airline Awards held at Paris last week by Skytrax which is a global air travel guide for airline reviews and ratings. The awards, described as “the Oscars of the aviation industry”, are most coveted quality accolades for the world airline industry and a global benchmark of airline excellence.
This survey covers more than 320 airlines around the world and arrives at the ranking based on votes by airline customers. Last year’s number one Emirates has moved four points south this year while Qatar Airlines which was number 2 in 2016 has topped the list in 2017 despite the gulf diplomatic crisis.
SriLankan Airlines earlier this month told Reuters that its losses more than doubled in the year ended March 2017, hit by high costs of cancelling leases on Airbus aircraft and partial closure of the country’s main airport. The state-owned national carrier, which is looking for an international partner to help revive its business, incurred an annual loss of 27.79 billion rupees ($182.50 million), versus a loss of 12.08 billion rupees a year ago.