Etihad Airways will reintroduce flights to Colombo from Abu Dhabi in the new year.
Four flights a week will operate to the Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and largest city from the emirate using an Airbus A320 aircraft.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, explained that Sri Lanka is an "established market" that consists of a "strong local traffic base".
"We expect the resumption of Etihad flights to be welcomed by the considerable Sri Lankan expatriate community living in the UAE [United Arab Emirates] and those living across the Middle East region who will be able to connect quickly and easily back home via Abu Dhabi," he said.
Mr Hogan went on to say that flights to Colombo will be the carrier’s first new route launch in 2010, with the route set to take effect in January.
Passengers travelling on the route will be able to benefit from onward connections to Moscow and a number of north American destinations.
Last month, Etihad Airways launched new flights to Cape Town from the emirate, the carrier’s second South African destination.