Batticaloa Airport

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Batticaloa Airport
மட்டக்களப்பு விமான நிலையம்
මඩකලපුව ගුවන්තොටුපළ
SLAF Batticaloa Crest.jpg
SLAF Batticaloa crest
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Government of Sri Lanka
Operator Sri Lanka Air Force
Serves Batticaloa
Location Thimilathiu, Sri Lanka
Opened 1958
Commander G. S. N. Priyadarshana
Elevation AMSL 3 m / 10 ft
Coordinates 07°42′18.70″N 81°40′38.30″E / 7.7051944°N 81.6773056°E / 7.7051944; 81.6773056Coordinates: 07°42′18.70″N 81°40′38.30″E / 7.7051944°N 81.6773056°E / 7.7051944; 81.6773056
BTC is located in Sri Lanka
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 1,066 3,497 Asphalt

Batticaloa Airport (Tamil: மட்டக்களப்பு விமான நிலையம், Sinhalese: මඩකලපුව ගුවන්තොටුපළ) (IATA: BTCICAO: VCCB) is an air force base and domestic airport on the island of Thimilathiu in eastern Sri Lanka.[1][2] Located approximately 2.4 km (1.5 mi) south east of the city of Batticaloa, the airport is also known as SLAF Batticaloa.


Batticaloa Airport was originally opened in November 1958 but was later closed down.[3][4] On 27 March 1983 an air force base was opened on the site.[5] In 1985 around 3,000 people forcibly evicted from their homes in order to extend the base.[6] Construction of a domestic airport at the base began in September 2012.[7][8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FitsAir Colombo-Ratmalana (charter)
Helitours Colombo-Ratmalana
SriLankan Airlines
operated by Cinnamon Air
Colombo-Bandaranaike, Sigiriya


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