Katukurunda Airport

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from SLAF Katukurunda)
Jump to: navigation, search
Katukurunda Airport
කටුකුරුන්ද ගුවන්තොටුපළ
IATA: KTYICAO: VCCN
Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Sri Lanka Air Force
Location Kalutara, Sri Lanka
Elevation AMSL 10 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 6°33′07.65″N 79°58′39.14″E / 6.5521250°N 79.9775389°E / 6.5521250; 79.9775389Coordinates: 6°33′07.65″N 79°58′39.14″E / 6.5521250°N 79.9775389°E / 6.5521250; 79.9775389
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 3,200 975 Asphalt

SLAF Katukurunda (IATA: KTYICAO: VCCN) is a Sri Lanka Air Force base located near the town of Kalutara in Sri Lanka. Originally established as a Royal Naval Air Station HMS Ukussa it was reactivated in 1984 by the Sri Lanka Air Force. It is the venue for many motor races conduct in association with the Air Force Sports Board and with the with Sports Ministry approval.

Established in 1944 by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy at its peak it was the largest Royal Naval Air Station, staffed by 300 Officers, 3000 sailors and 100 women from the Women's Royal Naval Service. It serviced more than 100 aircraft at any given time whilst maintaining an aircraft repair yard.

However, a few local civil flying schools provide flight training facilities at this aerodrome at present.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FitsAir Charter: Colombo-Ratmalana
Millennium Airlines Colombo-Bandaranaike, Colombo-Ratmalana