Sri­lankan Air­lines cel­e­brates Ve­sak with pas­sen­gers at BIA

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - AVIATION -

Sri­lankan Air­lines, the na­tional car­rier of Sri Lanka and a mem­ber of the re­puted Oneworld al­liance, com­mem­o­rated Ve­sak at its home base, Ban­daranaike In­ter­na­tional Air­port (BIA) re­cently.

The Sri­lankan Air­lines’ Ve­sak mes­sage to the world from the Karaniya Metta Sutta is “Ra­di­ate bound­less love to­wards the en­tire world - above, be­low, and across - un­hin­dered, with­out ill will, with­out en­mity.” This wish is based on Bud­dha’s doc­trine of bound­less com­pas­sion to the world.

Sym­bol­is­ing the gen­eros­ity of Sri Lankan com­mu­nity through ‘Dansal’, pas­sen­gers de­part­ing, ar­riv­ing and tran­sit­ing through the Ban­daranaike In­ter­na­tional Air­port were treated to re­fresh­ments in com­mem­o­ra­tion of Ve­sak.

Sri­lankan Air­lines Se­nior Man­ager Mar­ket­ing Sa­minda Per­era said: “Cul­tural spec­ta­cles of Sri Lanka sig­nify the in­her­ent values such as unity, gen­eros­ity and com­pas­sion. By com­mem­o­rat­ing events of na­tional im­por­tance, we want to re­mind the world that Sri Lanka is a friendly place where unity and har­mony among all com­mu­ni­ties make ev­ery fes­ti­val vi­brant and unique.”

A choir com­pris­ing staff vol­un­teers rang­ing from air­craft engi­neers, pi­lots, cabin crew, ground han­dling, se­cu­rity, air­craft in­te­rior ser­vices and cor­po­rate of­fices sang ‘Bhak­thi Gee’, tra­di­tional de­vo­tional songs, sung dur­ing Ve­sak.

Sri Lanka’s fa­mous mu­si­cians Keerthi Pasquel and Dayan Witha­rana, vol­un­teered to per­form Bhak­thi Gee along with Sri­lankan Air­lines staff to en­ter­tain pas­sen­gers on ar­rival, de­par­ture and tran­sit at BIA.

Pasquel used his ex­per­tise as a per­form­ing artist to train the Bhak­thi Gee choir, which is an ef­fort put for­ward by the per­form­ing arts club of Sri­lankan Air­lines ‘Pulse’, in an en­deav­our to pro­mote in-house talent.

Ar­riv­ing, de­part­ing and tran­sit­ing pas­sen­gers who be­came part of the serene fes­tiv­i­ties, ex­pressed their joy to be in Sri Lanka and how they felt safe and wel­com­ing at the air­port and through­out their stay in the coun­try. Sri­lankan Air­lines made use of the op­por­tu­nity to thank them for choos­ing the na­tional car­rier as well as other air­lines to travel to Sri Lanka and to on­ward des­ti­na­tions via BIA.

“We would also take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­press our sin­cere grat­i­tude to Chair­man, Air­port and Avi­a­tion Ser­vices Lim­ited (AASL) Dhammika Ranatunga and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Sanjeewa Wi­jerathne for their un­con­di­tional sup­port and guid­ance. We are also grate­ful for the as­sis­tance provided by the staff of AASL, Sri Lanka Cus­toms, Depart­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion and Emi­gra­tion and Sri Lanka Air Force,” Per­era added.

Ve­sak dec­o­ra­tions by AASL through­out the air­port aptly com­ple­mented the festive at­mos­phere cre­ated by Sri­lankan Air­lines. Pas­sen­gers were fas­ci­nated by the colour­ful Ve­sak lanterns, a dec­o­ra­tion dis­played in ev­ery Sri Lankan house­hold dur­ing this pe­riod, which provided a strik­ing back­drop for pic­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Pas­sen­gers were fur­ther de­lighted to en­joy the am­bi­ence cre­ated with fairy lights and float­ing can­dles. It was a novel ex­pe­ri­ence for them to en­joy the food sev­ered at the ‘Dansala’ that op­er­ated at the pier and opposite the Serendib lounge.

Sri­lankan Air­lines’ so­cial me­dia pages shared the mem­o­rable mo­ments of Ve­sak com­mem­o­ra­tion with the world, which reached an au­di­ence of over five mil­lion with al­most one mil­lion en­gage­ments where the view­ers com­pli­mented the air­line for the ini­tia­tive and made this a plat­form to share their Ve­sak wishes.

Bhak­thi Gee sung by Sri­lankan Air­lines staff

Pas­sen­gers at the Dansala

Mae­stro Keerthi Pasquel join­ing the choir

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