Hingurakgoda Airport

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Hingurakgoda Airport
SLAF Hingurakgoda

හිඟුරක්ගොඩ ගුවන්තොටුපළ
Airport type Military / Public
Owner Government of Sri Lanka
Operator Sri Lanka Air Force
Serves Minneriya
Location Hingurakgoda, Sri Lanka
Elevation AMSL 46 m / 151 ft
Coordinates 08°02′59″N 080°58′53″E / 8.04972°N 80.98139°E / 8.04972; 80.98139Coordinates: 08°02′59″N 080°58′53″E / 8.04972°N 80.98139°E / 8.04972; 80.98139
HIM is located in Sri Lanka
Location of airport in Sri Lanka
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,287 7,503 Bitumen

Hingurakgoda Airport (Sinhalese: හිඟුරක්ගොඩ ගුවන්තොටුපළ, IATA: HIM[1]ICAO: VCCH), also known as Minneriya Airport, is a domestic airport in Hingurakgoda, Sri Lanka.[2] It is also a military airbase known as Sri Lanka Air Force Base Hingurakgoda.[3]

The facility is located 6.4 nautical miles (11.9 km) north of the town of Polonnaruwa.[2] It resides at an elevation of 46 metres (151 ft) and has one runway designated 07/25 with a bitumen surface measuring 2,287 by 46 metres (7,503 ft × 151 ft).[2]


This base was an RAF airfield, RAF Minneriya during the World War II from 1942 to 1946, which was renovated and re-established by the Sri Lanka Air Force in 1978.


SLAF Hingurakgoda is the fourth largest airport in Sri Lanka and has the fourth longest runway in Sri Lanka. The runway can easily accommodate narrow-body aircraft like Airbus A320 family, Boeing 737 and Boeing 757. It can also tightly handle wide-body aircraft like Airbus A300, Airbus A330, Boeing 767, Boeing 777 or even at emergencies a Boeing 747.[citation needed]

The airport's sole runway is not equipped with ILS (Instrument Landing System), thus all approaches and takeoffs are performed visually.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FitsAir Charter: Colombo-Ratmalana
Mihin Lanka (planned)[citation needed]

Lodger Squadrons[edit]


  1. ^ "Airline and Airport Code Search (HIM: Hingurakgoda / Minneriya)". International Air Transport Association (IATA). Retrieved 2016-01-26. 
  2. ^ a b c "VCCH – HINGURAKGODA / Minneriya". AIP Sri Lanka. Aeronautical Information Services of the Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd. 23 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka Air Force Base Hingurakgoda". AirForce.lk. Sri Lanka Air Force. Archived from the original on 2016-01-26. 

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