Batticaloa Airport

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Batticaloa Airport
மட்டக்களப்பு விமான நிலையம்
මඩකලපුව ගුවන්තොටුපළ
SLAF Batticaloa Crest.jpg
SLAF Batticaloa crest
IATA: BTCICAO: VCCB
Summary
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
Map
BTC is located in Sri Lanka
BTC
BTC
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 1,066 3,497 Asphalt

Batticaloa Airport (Tamil: மட்டக்களப்பு விமான நிலையம், Sinhala: 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.

History[edit]

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
Cinnamon Air Colombo-Bandaranaike
FitsAir Colombo-Ratmalana (charter)
Helitours Colombo-Ratmalana

References[edit]

External links[edit]