Katukurunda Airport

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Katukurunda Airport
SLAF Katukurunda

කටුකුරුන්ද ගුවන්තොටුපළ
Summary
Airport type Military / Public
Owner Government of Sri Lanka
Operator Sri Lanka Air Force
Location Kalutara, Sri Lanka
Elevation AMSL 3 m / 10 ft
Coordinates 06°33′07″N 079°58′43″E / 6.55194°N 79.97861°E / 6.55194; 79.97861Coordinates: 06°33′07″N 079°58′43″E / 6.55194°N 79.97861°E / 6.55194; 79.97861
Map
HIM is located in Sri Lanka
HIM
HIM
Location of airport in Sri Lanka
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 1,006 3,301 Bitumen

Katukurunda Airport (Sinhalese: කටුකුරුන්ද ගුවන්තොටුපළ, IATA: KTY[1]ICAO: VCCN) is a domestic airport located near the town of Kalutara in Sri Lanka.[2] It is also a military airbase known as Sri Lanka Air Force Katukurunda or SLAF Katukurunda.[3]

The facility is located 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km) southeast of the town of Kalutara.[2] It resides at an elevation of 3 metres (10 ft) and has one runway designated 11/29 with a bitumen surface measuring 1,006 by 46 metres (3,301 ft × 151 ft).[2]

History[edit]

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 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
Millennium Airlines Colombo-Bandaranaike, Colombo-Ratmalana
Open Skies Katukurunda-Ratmalana-Koggala-Katunayake-Dondra
Skyline Colombo-Ratmalana-Katukurunda-Koggala-Dondra
Richy Sky lark Bentota (Commercial operator)
Asian Aviation Colombo-Ratmalana

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Airline and Airport Code Search (KTY: Katukurunda)". International Air Transport Association (IATA). Retrieved 2016-01-26. 
  2. ^ a b c "VCCN – KATUKURUNDA". AIP Sri Lanka. Aeronautical Information Services of the Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd. 17 October 2013. Archived from the original on 2016-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka Air Force Katukurunda". AirForce.lk. Sri Lanka Air Force. Archived from the original on 2016-01-26.