Batticaloa Airport

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Batticaloa Airport
SLAF Batticaloa

மட்டக்களப்பு விமான நிலையம்
මඩකලපුව ගුවන්තොටුපළ
IATA: BTCICAO: VCCB
Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Owner Government of Sri Lanka
Operator Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka[1]
Serves Batticaloa
Location Thimilathiu, Sri Lanka
Opened 1958
Commander G. S. N. Priyadarshana
Elevation AMSL 3 m / 10 ft
Coordinates 07°42′19″N 081°40′40″E / 7.70528°N 81.67778°E / 7.70528; 81.67778Coordinates: 07°42′19″N 081°40′40″E / 7.70528°N 81.67778°E / 7.70528; 81.67778
Map
BTC is located in Sri Lanka
BTC
BTC
Location of airport in Sri Lanka
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 1,066 3,497 Bitumen

Batticaloa Airport (Tamil: மட்டக்களப்பு விமான நிலையம், Sinhalese: මඩකලපුව ගුවන්තොටුපළ, IATA: BTC[2]ICAO: VCCB) is a domestic airport on the island of Thimilathiu in eastern Sri Lanka.[3] It is also a military airbase known as Sri Lanka Air Force Batticaloa or SLAF Batticaloa.[4]

The facility is located 0.94 nautical miles (1.7 km) southwest of the town of Batticaloa.[3] It resides at an elevation of 3 metres (10 ft) and has one runway designated 06/24 with a bitumen surface measuring 1,066 by 46 metres (3,497 ft × 151 ft).[3]

History[edit]

Batticaloa Airport was originally opened in November 1958 but was later closed down.[5][6] On 27 March 1983 an air force base was opened on the site.[7] In 1985 around 3,000 people forcibly evicted from their homes in order to extend the base.[8] Construction of a domestic airport at the base began in September 2012.[9][10]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FitsAir Charter:Colombo-Ratmalana
Helitours Colombo-Ratmalana
SriLankan Airlines
operated by Cinnamon Air
Colombo-Bandaranaike, Sigiriya

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