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Encyclopedia > Bandaranaike International Airport
Bandaranaike International Airport


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IATA: CMB – ICAO: VCBI
Summary
Airport type Public/Commercial/Military
Operator Airports and Aviation Services Ltd
Location Colombo, Sri Lanka
Elevation AMSL 26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 7°10′52.30″N 79°53′1.70″E / 7.1811944, 79.8838056
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 10,991 3350 Asphalt

Bandaranaike International Airport (IATA: CMB, ICAO: VCBI) is Sri Lanka's only international airport. It is located in Katunayake, 35 km (22 mi) north of Colombo. It is administered by Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd. It is the hub of SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka. An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO (IPA pronunciation: ) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... The term above mean sea level (AMSL) refers to the elevation (on the ground) or altitude (in the air) of any object, relative to the average sea level. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO (IPA pronunciation: ) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... Katunayake a town is situated on the west coast of the island of Sri Lanka close to the commercial capital of Colombo. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer) (symbol: km) is a unit of length equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words khilia = thousand and metro = count/measure). ... “Miles” redirects here. ... Map of Colombo with its administrative districts Coordinates: , District Colombo District Government  - Mayor Uvaiz Mohammad Imitiyaz (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) Area  - City 37. ... SriLankan Airlines Limited (previously known as Air Lanka) is the national carrier of Sri Lanka. ...


The airport began as a Royal Air Force base during the Second World War, RAF Negombo. In 1957, when SWRD Bandaranaike removed all the British Military Bases from Sri Lanka (Ceylon), the base was handed over to the Royal Ceylon Air Force (RCyAF) and renamed Katunayake. Part of it still remains an Air Force base. RAF redirects here. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike (1899-September 26, 1959) was Prime Minister (1956-59) of Ceylon (later Sri Lanka). ... The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (ශ්රී ලංකා in Sinhala / இலங்கை in Tamil) (known as Ceylon before 1972) is a tropical island nation off the southeast coast of the Indian subcontinent. ... Sri Lankan Air Force Ensign Royal Ceylon Air Force Ensign The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is the aerial defence division and the youngest of the Sri Lankan Tri Forces. ...


In 1964 Anil Moonesinghe, the Minister of Communications, commenced the building of a new international airport to replace Ratmalana, with Canadian aid. The new airport was completed in 1967, and Air Ceylon, the National Carrier, commenced international operations from it using a Hawker Siddeley Trident and a leased BOAC BAC VC-10. The airport was also a Trans World Airlines (TWA) hub for a short time. Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Anil Moonesinghe Anil Moonesinghe (15 February 1927 – 8 December 2002) was a Sri Lankan Trotskyist revolutionary politician. ... Ratmalana Airport (IATA: RML, ICAO: VCCC) was originally the international airport for Colombo. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Air Ceylon was Sri Lankas (Ceylons) national carrier. ... Trident 1E The Trident, model DH121 or HS121, was a short/medium-range airliner designed by de Havilland in the 1950s, and built by the Hawker-Siddeley Group in the 1960s when de Havilland was merged, along with several other British aviation firms. ... BOAC Logo The British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) was the British state airline from 1939 until 1946 and the long-haul British state airline from 1946. ... The Vickers VC10 is a British airliner designed and built by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd and first flown in 1962. ... Trans World Airlines (IATA: TW, ICAO: TWA, and Callsign: TWA), commonly known as TWA, was an American airline company that was acquired by American Airlines in April 2001. ...


It was named Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), after SWRD Bandaranaike, in 1970. It was renamed Katunayake International Airport in 1977 but was once again renamed Bandaranaike International Airport in 1995. Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


In recent years, various expansion projects have been undertaken at Bandaranaike International Airport. A pier with eight aerobridges opened in November 2005, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On May 7, 2007 the Sri Lankan Government decided to shift some major portions out of the space adjoining the airport to Hingurakgoda, paving the way to more civilian operations.

Contents

The Future Of BIA

The Aerobridges
The Aerobridges

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Future projects currently in discussion are: A second runway to support the Airbus A380, the largest commercial airliner in the world, a further eight passenger gates, a domestic terminal, a 5-storey car-park, and a five star hotel neighboring the airport. New approach channels into the airport will be created.[1] The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, four-engine airliner manufactured by the European corporation Airbus, an EADS subsidiary. ...


Incidents At BIA

  • May 3, 1986 - In an operation carried out by the LTTE, a bomb in an Air Lanka (now SriLankan Airlines) Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 100 exploded while passengers where boarding for a short-hop flight to Male, in the Maldives. 14 people were killed, and the airplane was written off.
  • March 24, 2000 - An Antonov 12BK operated by cargo carrier Sky Cabs crashed due to the lack of fuel. It crashed into two houses killing 4 people on the ground and 6 of the 8 crew onboard. The plane was broken into four parts.
  • July 24, 2001 - Bandaranaike Airport attack. 14 members of the LTTE Black Tiger suicide squad infiltrated Katunayake air base, destroying eight military aircraft on the tarmac. They then moved to the civilian airport, destroying two Airbus aircraft and damaging three others. Seven government personnel were killed.
  • 4 February, 2004 - The Ilyushin cargo plane operated by Sri Lankan Cargo Company Expo Aviation was landing in Colombo on a flight from Dubai. However, they descended too quickly and the landing gear contacted the surface of the sea at a distance of 10.7 km short of the runway. Assuming the undercarriage had been substantially damaged, he decided to carry out a belly landing on the side of the runway. Touchdown was accomplished 50 meters to the right of the runway.
  • September 8, 2005 - While a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 taxied for takeoff on an international flight from Colombo to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, air traffic controllers received an anonymous telephone call concerning a possible bomb on the aircraft. The crew was informed about this call and elected to perform an emergency evacuation. As a result of the evacuation, there were 62 injuries among the 420 passengers and 22 crew members. One of the passengers died as a result of injuries received during the evacuation, and 17 passengers were hospitalized. No explosive devices were found after a search of the aircraft.[2]
  • June 3, 2006 – A Thai Airways flight TG 308, an Airbus 330 en route Colombo-Bangkok was forced to return to Bandaranaike International Airport for an emergency landing following a report of smoke in the cargo area. Pilots used fire extinguishers and made a safe landing.
  • March 25, 2007 - At 0045 Tamil Tiger rebels bombed the Sri Lanka Air Force base adjoining the international airport. Three Air Force personnel were killed and 16 injured when light aircraft dropped two bombs, although no aircraft were damaged.[3] Passengers already on aircraft were disembarked and led to a shelter, while others trying to reach the airport were turned away and approach roads closed. The airport was temporarily shut down following the incident, but normal flights resumed at 0330.[4]
  • April 27, 2007 - The airport was shut, power cut to the city and anti-aircraft guns fired when suspicious aircraft were spotted in the area.[5]

LTTE is an acronym or initialism for: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Known for their guerilla warfare forcibly killing every other independent groups aiming for seperate state. ... SriLankan Airlines Limited (previously known as Air Lanka) is the national carrier of Sri Lanka. ... The Bandaranaike Airport attack was an assault by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Bandaranaike International Airport, on July 24, 2001. ... The Black Tigers are special operatives of the LTTE that commit suicide if needed to reach their objectives. ... Boeing 777-200ER Saudi Arabian Airlines (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية العربية السعودية) is the national airline of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah. ... The Boeing 747, sometimes nicknamed the Jumbo Jet,[4][5] is a long-haul, widebody commercial airliner manufactured by Boeing in the United States. ... Sri Lankan Air Force Ensign Royal Ceylon Air Force Ensign The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is the aerial defence division and the youngest of the Sri Lankan Tri Forces. ...

Airlines and destinations

Bandaranaike International Airport is the hub of Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines
Bandaranaike International Airport is the hub of Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines

The following airlines have scheduled services to Bandaranaike International Airport as of March 2008: Airbus A340-300 (4R-ADF) of Srilankan landing at London (Heathrow) Airport. ... Airbus A340-300 (4R-ADF) of Srilankan landing at London (Heathrow) Airport. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Air Arabia is a low-cost airline based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. ... Air India (formerly Air-India, Hindi: ) is the national flag carrier of India with a worldwide network of passenger and cargo services. ... Air-India Express (Hindi: ) is a low-cost airline subsidiary of Air India based in Mumbai, India. ... Executive class cabin of an Indian Airbus A320 Indian Airlines Limited or Indian (Hindi: ) was Indias state owned primarily domestic airline, under the federal Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and based in New Delhi. ... Air Italy is an airline based in Gallarate, Italy. ... Air Sahara is an airline based in New Delhi, India. ... JetLite, until recently known as Air Sahara is an airline based in New Delhi, India. ... Austrian Airlines AG is the flag carrier airline of Austria, headquartered in Vienna. ... Blue Panorama Airlines ( IATA designator code: BV, ICAO designator code: BPA, and airline call sign: Blue Panorama) is a private airline based in Italy. ... Cathay Pacific, full name Cathay Pacific Airways Limited (SEHK: 0293) (traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ), is an airline based in Hong Kong, operating scheduled passenger and cargo services to 120 destinations worldwide. ... Condor Flugdienst is an airline based in Germany. ... Edelweiss Air AG is an internationally operating Swiss charter airline. ... Emirates redirects here. ... Eurofly is a low cost and charter airline based in Milan in Italy. ... Airbus A320 at Manchester Airport Airbus A321 with the previous air2000 titles. ... Jet Airways (India) Ltd. ... Kuwait Airways (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية الكويتية) is the national airline of Kuwait, based in Kuwait City and wholly owned by the Kuwaiti Government. ... LTU Lufttransport-Unternehmen GmbH (IATA: LT, ICAO: LTU, and Callsign: LTU) is an airline based in Düsseldorf, Germany. ... Malaysia Airlines (Abbreviated: MAS,马航 ; Malay: Penerbangan Malaysia; Chinese: 马来西亚航空公司; Hanyu Pinyin: MálaixÄ«ya Hángkōng GōngsÄ«) is the national airline of Malaysia, operating scheduled services to over 100 destinations on five continents. ... Martinair is both a charter and scheduled airline based in the Netherlands, with daily passenger or cargo charter and regular flights to many destinations around the world from its main base of Schiphol International Airport (AMS) near Amsterdam. ... Mihin Lanka is the name of a new low cost international airline in Sri Lanka. ... Qatar Airways (Arabic: القطرية) is the flag carrier airline of Qatar, based in Doha. ... RAK Airways is the future national airline of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the four in United Arab Emirates. ... Royal Jordanian Airlines (Arabic: الملكية الأردنية; transliterated: al-Malakiyah al-Orduniyah) is an airline based in Amman, Jordan, operating scheduled international services over four continents. ... Boeing 777-200ER Saudi Arabian Airlines (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية العربية السعودية) is the national airline of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah. ... Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 9V-SPA takes off from London Heathrow Airport bound for Singapore Changi Airport. ... SriLankan Airlines Limited (previously known as Air Lanka) is the national carrier of Sri Lanka. ... Headquarters Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (Thai: ) (SET: THAI) is the national air carrier of Thailand, operating out of Suvarnabhumi Airport, and is a founding member of the Star Alliance network. ...

Cargo airlines

China Airlines Boeing 737-800 China Airlines (Chinese: 中華航空公司 (pinyin: Zhōnghuá Hángkōng gōngsī), commonly abbreviated 華航) is the flag carrier of the Republic of China. ... Emirates SkyCargo is a cargo airline subsidiary of Emirates, based in the United Arab Emirates. ... Expo Aviation is an airline based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. ... Korean Air Boeing 747 Korean Air Boeing 747 Korean Air (Korean hangul: 대한 항공; hanja: 大韓航空; revised: Daehan Hanggong; McCune-Reischauer: Taehan Hanggong) KSE: 003490 is the largest airline based in Korea. ... Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA Cargo), the fully owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines and incorporated in 1 July 2001, is the worlds third biggest cargo airline in terms of international freight tonne kilometres (FTK). ... Transmile Air Services is an cargo airline based in Malaysia. ...

Former airlines

JSC Aeroflot - Russian Airlines (Russian: ) (MICEX:AFLT RTS:AFLT), or Aeroflot (Russian: ) as the airline is commonly known, is the Russian flag carrier and the largest airline in Russia. ... Air Ceylon was Sri Lankas (Ceylons) national carrier. ... Air Maldives was the first airline of the Maldives and the countrys national flag carrier. ... AOM French Airlines (previously Air Outre-Mer) was the second largest airline in France from 1990 to 2003. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... BOAC Logo The British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) was the British state airline from 1939 until 1946 and the long-haul British state airline from 1946. ... Cyprus Airways (Greek: Κυπριακές Αερογραμμές, Kipriakes Aerogrammes Turkish: Kıbrıs Hava Yolları ) is the national airline of Cyprus, based in Nicosia. ... CSA Czech Airlines (in Czech: České aerolinie (abbreviation: ČSA) is the Czech national airline company, and former national carrier of Czechoslovakia based at Ruzyně International Airport, Prague. ... Etihad Airways (Arabic: الإتحاد, ʼal-ʻitiħād) is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates. ... Gulf Air (Arabic: ) is the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. ... KLM can also refer to KLM (Human Computer Interaction) KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Dutch: Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, literally Royal Aviation Company; usual English: Royal Dutch Airlines) is an airline subsidiary of Air France-KLM based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. ... Mahan Air (Persian: ) is a private airline based in Tehran, Iran. ... Middle East Airlines (MEA) (Arabic: طيران الشرق الأوسط), also known by its full name Middle East Airlines Air Liban (Arabic: طيران الشرق الأوسط الخطوط الجوية اللبنانية), is the national flag-carrier airline of Lebanon, based in Beirut. ... Qantas Airways Limited (IPA: ) is the national airline of Australia. ... Nepal Airlines formerly known as Royal Nepal Airlines is an airline based in Kathmandu, Nepal. ... Swissair (Swiss Air Transport Company Limited) was the former national airline of Switzerland. ... Trans World Airlines (IATA: TW, ICAO: TWA, and Callsign: TWA), commonly known as TWA, was an American airline company that was acquired by American Airlines in April 2001. ... Union des Transports Aériens (UTA) was the largest wholly privately owned, Independent airline in France. ... Oman Air (الطيران العماني) is the national airline of Oman. ...

References

  1. ^ www.treasury.gov.lk/EPPRM/erd/otherdocs/presentation-secretaryports-aviation.ppt, 13 January, 2008
  2. ^ "Bomb hoax triggers panic at Sri Lanka airport," Asian Political News. 12 September 2005
  3. ^ World/ReadArticle.Asp | August 15, 2007 | Global News For The Digital World
  4. ^ Situation at Katunayake brought totally under control [5th Lead]
  5. ^ Sri Lanka shuts airport fearing attack | The Australian

is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • The Official BIA Airport Website

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International Flight Information Manual (Sri Lanka) (577 words)
International airports of entry and departure where all formalities incident to Customs, Immigration, Health and similar procedures are carried out, and which are open to scheduled and nonscheduled flights.
International airports of entry and departure at which the formalities incident to Customs, Immigration, Health and similar procedures are made available on a restricted basis, to flights with prior approval only.
International airports specified in the flight plan to which a flight may proceed when it becomes inadvisable to land at the airport of intended landing.
Series of EmergencyNet News Reports Concerning A Terrorist Attack On Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka: ... (558 words)
Several military personnel were killed in the attack, military and airport employees were injured, and civilians were caught in the crossfire.
Airport personnel said that they would attempt to reopen flight operations at 18:00 today, but that full service would not available until at least Wednesday.
According to preliminary and as yet official unconfirmed reports, it is alleged that sappers from the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) were able to successfully infiltrate and attack the airbase and an adjacent military airfield.
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