Batticaloa Airport

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Batticaloa Airport
SLAF Batticaloa

மட்டக்களப்பு விமான நிலையம்
මඩකලපුව ගුවන්තොටුපළ
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerGovernment of Sri Lanka
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka[1]
LocationThimilathiu, Sri Lanka
CommanderG. S. N. Priyadarshana
Elevation AMSL3 m / 10 ft
Coordinates07°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
BTC is located in Sri Lanka
Location of airport in Sri Lanka
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 1,066 3,497 Bitumen

Batticaloa Airport (Tamil: மட்டக்களப்பு விமான நிலையம், romanized: Maṭṭakkaḷappu Vimāṉa Nilaiyam, Sinhala: මඩකලපුව ගුවන්තොටුපළ, romanized: Maḍakalapuva Guvantoṭupaḷa; 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]


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]

Air Senok Charter: Colombo-Ratmalana
FitsAir Charter: Colombo-Ratmalana
Helitours Charter: Colombo-Ratmalana
Millennium AirlinesCharter: Colombo-Ratmalana
SriLankan Airlines
operated by Cinnamon Air
Colombo-Bandaranaike, Polgolla Reservoir Waterdrome (KDZ), Waters Edge Colombo City (DWO) [11]


  1. ^ "The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka - EXTRAORDINARY" (PDF). 1 July 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Airline and Airport Code Search (BTC: Batticaloa)". International Air Transport Association (IATA). Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  3. ^ a b c "VCCB – Batticaloa". AIP Sri Lanka. Aeronautical Information Services of the Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd. 17 October 2013. Archived from the original on 24 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Sri Lanka Air Force Batticaloa". Sri Lanka Air Force. Archived from the original on 2016-01-26.
  5. ^ Casinader, Prince (20 May 2013). "Batticaloa welcomes re-opening of its airport". Ceylon Today. Archived from the original on 1 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Appeals to re-open Batticaloa Airport". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 10 June 2011. Archived from the original on 7 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Sri Lanka Air Force Batticaloa". Sri Lanka Air Force. Archived from the original on 11 August 2007.
  8. ^ de Silva, Shelani (27 July 1997). "12 year agony for airport victims". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka).
  9. ^ "President kicks off construction of domestic airport at Batti". Daily FT. 4 September 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2013-09-07.
  10. ^ "Foundation stone laid to build terminal building". Ceylon Today. 5 September 2012. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015.
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