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Airport & Aviation Services (SL) Ltd

Airport Data:
International, Colombo 32km (19miles),
Position 07º10´45"N, 079º52´59"E, Elevation 9m (29ft),
1 Passenger Terminal, 3 Cargo Terminals, 17 Aircraft Stands
(Op. Hours: 24 hours)

Airfield Data:
Fire Category 8
Emergency Services: Available
Navigational Aids: Available
Airfield Restrictions: None
Noise Restrictions: None
Aircraft Maintenance: Available

Runway 1:
3,350m (10,990ft), Direction 04/22, PCN 85/F/B/X/T, ICAO Cat. 1,
Parallel Taxiway

Aircraft size max:
747 wide bodied, Lighting: CAT I & II

Airlines Serving Airport:
AOM French Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Maldives, Balair/CTA Ltd, Balkan Bulgarian, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Condor, Emirates, Gulf Air, Indian Airlines, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, LTU Int´l, Lufthansa CityLine, MEA, Oman Air, Pakistan Int´l, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, SIA Cargo, Srilankan Airlines, Thai Airways.

Cargo Facilities:
Warehouse 9,500m² (102,257sq ft), Bonded Warehouse, Air-Conditioned Storage, Refrigerated Storage, Deep Freeze Storage, Animal Quarantine, Health Officials, X-Ray Equipment, Express/Courier Centre, New Cargo Terminal/Cargo Village Op. Hours: 24 hours

Cargo Handling Agents:
Srilankan Airlines

Passenger Facilities:
39 check-in desks, 4 gates, 575 short term parking spaces, 3 Airport Hotels, Min. Connection Times Intl-Intl: 60mins, Post Office, Bank, Restaurants, Cafeterias, Bars, VIP Lounge, Duty Free Shop, Gift Shop, Travel Agent, Tourist Help Desk, Car Rental, Taxi Service/Rank, First Aid, Baby/Parent Room, Disabled Access/Facilities

Bandaranaike International Airport formally known as Colombo Airport was built by British in the mid 1940's. During the time the airport was called Royal Airport Katunatyaka (RAF). The sole purpose of building this Airport by British to replace their lost airports in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Primarily the airport was used as an air force base and supply center for the aircrafts engaged in World War II. After the independence (i.e. 1948) the Royal Ceylon Air Force formed and they expanded their air power by establishing the headquarters at Katunayaka.

In 1983 the airport was renovated and expanded further to facilitate more passengers. These include new terminal building, Navigational Services Complex (NSC) and ICAO category III navigational equipment. These improvements to the airport had tremendously encourage more civil aircrafts to be used as a staging post to rest crews and passengers of aircraft in transits.

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 began as a Royal Air Force base during the Second World War. In 1957, when SWRD Bandaranaike removed all the British Military Bases from Sri Lanka(Ceylon), Katunayake was handed over to the Royal Ceylon Air Force (RCYAF). Part of it still remains an Air Force base.

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.

It was named Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) after SWRD Bandaranaike, who took the base over, in 1970. It was renamed Katunayake International Airport in 1977 but was once again renamed Bandaranaike International Airport in 1994.

Airlines Operating to BIA

  • Air Arabia (Sharjah)
  • Austrian Airlines (Male, Vienna)
  • Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore)
  • Condor Airlines (Frankfurt)
  • CSA Czech Airlines (Prague, Dubai)
  • Emirates (Dubai, Malé, Singapore)
  • Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi)
  • Gulf Air (Bahrain, Muscat, Abu Dhabi)
  • Indian Airlines (Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi)
  • Jet Airways (Chennai)
  • Kuwait Airways (Kuwait)
  • LTU International Airways (Dusseldorf, Munich)
  • Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Martinair (Amsterdam)
  • Oman Air (Muscat)
  • Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi)
  • Qatar Airways (Doha)
  • Royal Jordanian (Amman)
  • Sahara Airways (Chennai)
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines (Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah)
  • Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
  • Thai Airways International (Bangkok)

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