Cinnamon Air

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Cinnamon Air
සිනමන් එයාර්
சிநமன் எயார்
Cinnamon Air Logo Sri Lanka.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations2013
HubsBandaranaike International Airport
Fleet size3
Parent companyJohn Keells Holdings (Saffron Aviation)
HeadquartersColombo, Sri Lanka

Saffron Aviation, DBA Cinnamon Air is a Sri Lankan domestic airline, operating from a dedicated terminal at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo to destinations around Sri Lanka. It commenced its daily scheduled operation in July 2013. Cinnamon Air’s fleet consists of two Cessna 208 Amphibian aircraft (seating eight passengers each) and one wheeled Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (seating 8 passengers in an executive configuration) that gives Cinnamon Air the flexibility to operate from any of the domestic and international airports as well as from waterdromes in Sri Lanka. Saffron Aviation (Pvt) Ltd. which manages Cinnamon Air is a joint venture between John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH), MMBL Leisure Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., and Phoenix Ventures Limited.[1] The company slogan is Wings of Sri Lanka.


The goal of the airline is to cover the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka; Colombo - Kandy - Hambantota (Yala). The flight operations to Kandy will begin after the construction work at the Kandy Airport is done.[2]

Cinnamon Air currently operates daily scheduled flights between Colombo (Waters Edge and the Bandaranaike International Airport), Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Dickwella, Koggala, Bentota and Sigiriya with seasonal services to destinations such as Nuwara Eliya and Kalpitiya. Cinnamon Air also operates luxurious private charters and scenic flights upon request giving passengers a chance to fly between a wide range of locations throughout the island that interest them specifically, from the mountainous central region to the stunning Northern region. Nuwara Eliya, Arugam Bay, Tissa Tank (serving Yala National Park), Ampara and Jaffna are among the many destinations available for private chartered flights. In addition, Cinnamon Air offers a variety of special promotions and discounts in connection with properties across Sri Lanka that are within easy reach of selected landing sites, providing a seamless travel experience.

All Cinnamon Air scheduled flights operate in code share with Sri Lankan Airlines, consequent to which they are also available for sale throughout the Sri Lankan Airlines network and all travel agents around the world via Global Distribution Systems, under a “UL” designated flight number. This in turn will provide travellers with an easy way to book flights within the country while they make their bookings to Sri Lanka. To further this close relationship with the national carrier, Cinnamon Air has branded one of its Cessna 208 Caravan Amphibians in SriLankan AirTaxi livery.

Cinnamon Air, owned and operated by Saffron Aviation (Pvt) Limited, is a joint venture between Sri Lanka's largest listed conglomerate, John Keells Holdings, MMBL Leisure Holdings (a part of the Mercantile Merchant Bank Group) and Phoenix Ventures (parent of the Brandix Group, Sri Lanka's largest garment manufacturer). The airline is based out of Katunayake where it operates a dedicated domestic terminal (within the precincts of the BIA) and also has its own purpose-built hangar and maintenance facilities.[1]


Cinnamon Air Cessna 208 Caravan I on Polgolla Reservoir
[H] Primary hub
[F] Future destination
[T] Terminated destination
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Batticaloa  Sri Lanka BTC VCCB Batticaloa Airport
Colombo  Sri Lanka CMB VCBI Bandaranaike International Airport[H]
Dickwella  Sri Lanka DIW - Mawella Lagoon Airport
Hambantota  Sri Lanka HRI VCRI Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport [3]
Kandy  Sri Lanka KDZ - Polgolla Reservoir
Koggala  Sri Lanka KCT VCCK Koggala Airport
Sigiriya  Sri Lanka GIU VCCS Sigiriya Airport
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (Colombo)  Sri Lanka - - Diyawanna Oya
Trincomalee  Sri Lanka TRR VCCT China Bay Airport
Bentota  Sri Lanka BJT - Bentota River Airport

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Cinnamon Air has a codeshare agreement with SriLankan Airlines.


A Cinnamon Air aircraft on Diyawanna Oya in Sri Lanka

At the beginning the airline's fleet will consist of three aircraft: two Cessna 208 and one Cessna 208B Grand Caravan.[4]

Cinnamon Air fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
Cessna 208 2 0 8 Waterdrome operations
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 1 0 8 Inland operations
Total 3 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Domestic Airlines Sri Lanka | About Cinnamon Air". Cinnamon Air. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  2. ^ Maryam Azwer (2012-08-05). "Kandy Airport Most Likely In Kundasale – Chief Minister". The Sunday Leader. Archived from the original on 2011-12-11. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  3. ^ "Cinnamon Air to operate Mattala flights" Archived 2016-02-24 at the Wayback Machine. Aviation Voice. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  4. ^ LBO (2012-08-02). "Sri Lanka's John Keells, Phoenix Ventures floats local air taxi service". Lanka Business Online. Retrieved 2012-08-05.