Sigiriya Airport

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Sigiriya Airport
Summary
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OwnerGovernment of Sri Lanka
OperatorSri Lanka Air Force
ServesDambulla
LocationSigiriya, Central Province, Sri Lanka
Opened1942, 1985
Closed1946
In use1942 - 1946
1985 - Present
CommanderC. P. Gunatileke
Elevation AMSL192 m / 630 ft
Coordinates07°57′21.20″N 80°43′41.20″E / 7.9558889°N 80.7281111°E / 7.9558889; 80.7281111Coordinates: 07°57′21.20″N 80°43′41.20″E / 7.9558889°N 80.7281111°E / 7.9558889; 80.7281111
Map
GIU is located in Sri Lanka
GIU
GIU
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 1,768 5,801 Asphalt

Sigiriya Airport (IATA: GIU, ICAO: VCCS) is an air force base and domestic airport located in central Sri Lanka.[1] Located near the city of Dambulla, the airport is also known as SLAF Sigiriya.[2]

History[edit]

Sigiriya Airport was first opened in 1942 as an airfield established by the Royal Air Force during World War II. A number of RAF squadrons (8, 160, 200, 203, 354) and other units were stationed at the airfield during and immediately after the war.[3] With the end of the war, and subsequently no use for the airfield it was abandoned by the RAF in 1946.[4]

On 19 April 1985 the airfield was opened again for the Sri Lanka Air Force by Lalith Athulathmudali, then Minister of National Security and Deputy Minister of Defence, on the invitation of Air Marshal Donald Perera, Commander of the Air Force.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air SenokCharter: Colombo-Ratmalana
FitsAir Charter: Colombo-Ratmalana
Millennium Airlines Charter: Colombo-Ratmalana, Colombo-Bandaranaike
Helitours Charter: Colombo-Ratmalana, Hambantota-Mattala
SriLankan Airlines
operated by Cinnamon Air
Colombo-Bandaranaike, Trincomalee

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VCCS - Sigiriya" (PDF). Aeronautical Information Services of Sri Lanka, Airport & Aviation Services. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  2. ^ "VCCS - Airport". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  3. ^ "RAF Sigiriya". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Sri Lanka Air Force Sigiriya". Sri Lanka Air Force. Retrieved 13 March 2014.

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