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Thomson Airways Limited is the world's largest charter airline, will be offering direct flights to Colombo from Gatwick, Stockholm and Helsinki for the Winter 2016 Season.

The service will be operated onboard brand new Boeing 787-800 & 900 Dreamliners, connecting more than 290 passengers to Sri Lanka Capital from above three European Destinations. Cabin Configuration of the Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner will have 47 Premium Economy Class seats and 244 Economy Class seats. The new, longer 787-9 aircraft will allow Thomson Airways to take more holidaymakers to these destinations with a capacity of 345, including 63 Premium Club seats.

Throughout the winter 2016 season, Thomson Airways will operate a once-weekly service on the Gatwick-Colombo route, departing from Colombo on Tuesdays and departing from Gatwick on Mondays. The first flight to Colombo is scheduled to depart on Monday, 07 November. The service between Stockholm and Colombo will be operating bi weekly starting from 16 December 2016 and the service between Helsinki and Colombo will be operating bi weekly starting from 23 December 2016. Gatwick-Colombo service will be operated onboard B787-8 but B787-9 will serve from Helsinki and Stockholm to Colombo.

It was reported on the Travel mole : Managing director Nick Longman said customers could choose from a seven-night or four-night discovery tour of the destination, combined with stays in a number of hotels, including the Riu Sri Lanka and the Club Hotel Dolphin. Price are available on Thomson Airways Website.

He also said the destination could become year-round, depending on the success of the winter programme.

Meanwhile, the operator is considering Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia along with British Caribbean destinations including Antigua, St Lucia and Barbados.

The announcement came as Thomson and First Choice released the results of a survey of 2,000 adults which showed 77% are happy to travel nine hours or more to reach their 'dream' destination.

It also found 89% now travel long haul at least once every five years, and 21% travel long haul every year.

"With other long haul destinations in the pipeline, we expect to see this trend continue as British holidaymakers look to visit new places they may never have been to before," said Longman.