The airline would operate from Gatwick to Colombo three times a week via Male, Director General Civil Aviation Authority (DGCA) H.M.C. Nimalsiri said.
urrently only SriLankan Airlines operates to London seven times a week, it was pointed out.
Hayleys has been the agents for the airline in Colombo.
Operations would commence by December 2012 or January 2013 for which approval is being sought from the DGCA, the joint venture Saffron Aviation Director Romesh David said.
In particular this operation is likely to suit tourists on shorter stays as in Chinese, India and the Western European traveller.