The suspension of flight SU289 to Moscow resulted in public interest during the first week of June. The flight was operated by Aeroflot Airlines, the main airline service provider in Russia.
Hashtag Generation observed intense discussion and some disinformation regarding this incident on social media
Reports indicate that the issue transpired from a complaint filed at the Commercial High Court, Colombo by Celestial Aviation Trading 10 Limited based in Ireland against Aeroflot.
The Airbus 330-343 jet landed in Sri Lanka on June 02 carrying passengers from Moscow.
The airplane was then scheduled to depart from Colombo (Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake) to Moscow.
However, the Colombo Commercial High Court issued an Enjoining Order on June 02 prohibiting the clearance of the aircraft for departure. On June 03 evidence in this regard was produced to the Court.
Additional Solicitor General Sumathi Dharmawardhana representing the Airport and Aviation Services (Pvt) Limited, producing such evidence, urged the Court to suspend the Enjoining Order preventing the Aeroflot aircraft departing from Sri Lanka. Judge Harsha Sethunga clarified that the order was not issued against Sri Lankan State but to the first respondent (Aeroflot). He added that the order was imposed based on a private conflict in the agreement between the Irish and Russian companies.
In this backdrop, Aeroflot has taken steps to halt commercial flights to Sri Lanka.
In the meantime, the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry summoned the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Prof. Janitha Abeywickrama to inquire about the incident.
Explaining the situation, statements were issued by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and the Sri Lanka Foreign Affairs Ministry. The Prime Minister has informed the Russian officials that the Aeroflot incident is a private legal matter and not a bilateral issue between the two countries.
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. here,
Since the conflict was extending, the Additional Solicitor General took steps to produce a motion and requested the Court to halt the order.
In the meantime, another aircraft was sent from Russia to provide transport for the passengers of the SU289 Aeroflot flight to return home.
Considering the motion, the Court decided to revoke the Enjoining Order on 06 June.
Conclusion – Through observing all these facts its proven that the Enjoining Order against the Russian aircraft was lifted considering all facts and requests from the complaining party.
We can further conclude that this is a commercial and legal conflict of the agreement between the Irish and Russian companies, and not a diplomatic issue between the two countries.
News Sources –
Detention of Russia’s Aeroflot aircraft in Colombo is private legal issue: Sri Lankan PM Wickremesinghe
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