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Bandaranaike International Airport
IATA: CMB - ICAO: VCBI
Summary
Airport type public/commercial/military
Operator Airports and Aviation Services Ltd
Serves Colombo, Sri Lanka
Elevation AMSL 26 ft (8 m)
Coordinates 7°10′52.30″N, 79°53′1.70″E
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 10,991 3350 Asphalt

Bandaranaike International Airport (IATA: CMBICAO: VCBI) is the busiest of Sri Lanka's two international airports. It is located in Katunayake, 35 km (22 mi) north of Colombo. It is administered by Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd. An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter alphabetic code designating many airports around the world. ... The ICAO airport code (IPA pronunciation: ) is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... Towers of downtown Colombo Colombo (derived from Sinhalese name Kola-amba-thota which means mango harbour, altered by the Portuguese to honour Christopher Columbus), population 737,396 (Colombo metropolitan area: 2,234,289) (2001), is the largest city and commercial center of Sri Lanka. ... 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) is any of several old units of distance or length, measuring around a quarter to a third of a meter. ... The metre, or meter (US), is a measure of length. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... Runway 13R/31L of El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá, D.C. Aerial picture of a runway of Chennai International Airport, Tamil Nadu A runway is a strip of land on an airport, on which aircraft can take off and land. ... A foot (plural: feet) is any of several old units of distance or length, measuring around a quarter to a third of a meter. ... The metre, or meter (US), is a measure of length. ... An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter alphabetic code designating many airports around the world. ... The ICAO airport code (IPA pronunciation: ) 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). ... A mile is the name of a unit of length, usually used to measure distance, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, United States customary units and Norwegian/Swedish mil. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


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. The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike (1899-September 26, 1959) was Prime Minister (1956-59) of Ceylon (later Sri Lanka). ... The Sri Lanka Air Force (abbreviated SLAF) is the Airborne Wing of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, and its key role is to provide tactical support to naval and land divisions. ...


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. 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 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. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 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. ... The British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) was the exclusive British state airline from 1939 until 1946 and the long-haul British state airline from 1946. ... The VC-10 airliner was designed and built by Vickers in the 1960s. ... 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 1994. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ...


In July 24, 2001 a LTTE suicide squad attacked Bandaranaike International Airport. In three waves, a highly trained and heavily armed 14-man squad penetrated the 800-acre high security complex and destroyed or damaged 26 commercial and military aircraft. The attack is among the biggest operations so far launched by the LTTE. Tamil Tigers emblem The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), also known as the Tamil Tigers, is a military and political organization that has waged a violent secessionist campaign against the Sri Lankan Government since the 1970s in order to secure independence for the Tamil portions of Sri Lanka. ... The Bandaranaike Airport attack was an assault by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Sri Lankas international airport, on July 24, 2001. ...


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. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

The Future Of BIA

The Aerobridges
The Aerobridges

The airport is undergoing the resurfacing of its runway. A superhighway and rail link are currently in the process of construction, to provide more convenient connections to Colombo city, and the domestic airport at Ratmalana. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 97 KB) Flickr: Photos tagged with {{{1}}} File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 97 KB) Flickr: Photos tagged with {{{1}}} File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...


Future projects that are 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 neighbouring the airport. New approach channels into the airport will be created. The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, four-engined airliner manufactured by Airbus S.A.S. It first flew on April 27, 2005 from Toulouse in France. ...


Incidents At BIA

  • May 3, 1986 - In an operation supposedly 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 - 14 members of the LTTE Black Tiger suicide squad infiltrated Katunayake air base. Using rocket propelled grenades, anti-tank weapons, and assault rifles, the militants attacked the air force planes. They were not able to attack the aircraft in the hangars but did destroy eight military aircraft on the tarmac: three Nanchang K-8 trainer aircraft, two Mil Mi-17 helicopters, two IAI Kfir fighter jets, and a MiG-27. Five K-8s and one MiG-27 were also damaged. Some of the LTTE members climbed to the top of the air base's control tower to survey the scene to use as a vantage point. The six remaining LTTE members then crossed the runway to nearby Bandaranaike Airport. Using their weapons, they began blowing up any empty civilian aircraft they could find. One Airbus A340 was destroyed by an explosive charge; an A330 was destroyed by a rocket fired from the control tower. In addition, two A320s and an A-330 were damaged in the assault.
  • 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 taxiing 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 430 passengers and 22 crew members. One of the passengers died as a result of injuries received during the evacuation, and 19 passengers were hospitalized. No explosive devices were found after a search of the aircraft.
  • 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.

Scheduled Airlines

The following airlines have scheduled services to Bandaranaike International Airport as of November 2006:

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Future Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines is the national airline of Ethiopia. ... Tiger Airways Private Limited is a low-cost airline based in Singapore. ... Expo Aviation is an airline based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. ...

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. ... Korean Air (KSE: 003490) is the largest airline based in South Korea. ... Singapore Airlines is the launch customer for the upcoming Airbus A380. ... Expo Aviation is an airline based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. ... Emirates SkyCargo is a cargo airline subsidiary of Emirates, based in the United Arab Emirates. ...

Airlines That Used To Operate To BIA

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Links

The Official BIA Airport Website


 
 

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