Hingurakgoda Airport

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Hingurakgoda Airport
SLAF Hingurakgoda

හිඟුරක්ගොඩ ගුවන්තොටුපළ
IATA: HIMICAO: VCCH
Summary
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
Map
HIM is located in Sri Lanka
HIM
HIM
Location of airport in Sri Lanka
Runways
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]

History[edit]

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.

Facilities[edit]

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]

References[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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