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Ratmalana Airport
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IATA: RML – ICAO: VCCC

Ratmalana
Airport
Ratmalana
Airport (Sri Lanka)
Summary
Airport type Public/commercial/military
Operator Sri Lanka Air Force
Location Colombo, Sri Lanka
Elevation AMSL 16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 6°49′19.18″N 79°53′10.35″E / 6.8219944°N 79.8862083°E / 6.8219944; 79.8862083Coordinates: 6°49′19.18″N 79°53′10.35″E / 6.8219944°N 79.8862083°E / 6.8219944; 79.8862083
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 6,013 1833 Asphalt

Ratmalana Airport (IATA: RML, ICAO: VCCC), formally known as Colombo Airport, is a major domestic airport and military base in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was once Colombo's international airport, until the current Bandaranaike International Airport opened in the 1960s. It is now used solely for domestic flights and for military purposes.

History

In 1934 the State Council of Ceylon (as it then was) made a decision to construct an aerodrome within reach of the capital city of Colombo and decided on Ratmalana as the best site. On 27 November 1935 a de Havilland Puss Moth flown by Tyndalle Bisco, Chief flying instructor of the Madras Flying Club, was the first aircraft to land at the new airport.

During the Second World War it was used as an Royal Air Force base, with No 30 Squadron flying Hawker Hurricanes from there against Japanese Navy aircraft. QEA flew civilianised Consolidated B-24 Liberator and Avro Lancastrian aeroplanes there from Perth, Western Australia, on what was at the time the world's longest non-stop air route. The flight continued after the war with an intermediate re-fueling stop at the Cocos Islands.

Ratmalana airport at one time had the country's main terminal, with the Douglas DC-3 Dakota and Lockheed Constellation aeroplanes of Air Ceylon flying out of it. In 1947, KLM flew Douglas DC-4 Skymasters through the airport on the route from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). In the 1950s, BOAC flew Canadair Argonauts (DC4 with Rolls Royce Merlin engines) from Ratmalana to London. On 11 August 1952, 3 months after the inaugural service of a passenger jet aircraft, BOAC began its Comet service between Colombo and London. Later (March 1962 - March 1971) Air Ceylon operated a Comet service on this route to London.

Airlines

Airlines Currently Serving

  • Aero Lanka
  • Expo Aviation
  • Deccan Lanka
  • Daya Aviation

Planned Airlines

  • Mihin Lanka

Previous Airlines

  • Air Ceylon
  • BOAC
  • KLM
  • Qantas
  • Upali Air

Fixed Base Operators

  • Daya Aviation
  • Deccan Helicopters

SLAF Ratmalana

Since the 1980s the airfield has been operated by the Sri Lanka Air Force as the SLAF Ratmalana with several operational squadrons based there.

Lodger Squadrons

  • No. 2 Heavy Transport Squadron
  • No. 8 Light Transport Squadron

Accidents and incidents

On 15 November 1961, Vickers Viscount VT-DIH of Indian Airlines was damaged beyond economic repair when the co-pilot retracted the undercarriage during landing.



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General Info
Country Sri Lanka
ICAO ID VCCC
Time UTC+6DT
Latitude 6.821994
06° 49' 19.18" N
Longitude 79.886208
079° 53' 10.35" E
Elevation 22 feet
7 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 002° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency UNKNOWN
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
RATMALANA TWR 118.4
RDO 124.9
APP 8879
13306
3470
5670
13318
APP 119.1


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
04/22 6013 x 100 feet
1833 x 30 meters
ASPHALT 120FDWT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB RM COLOMBO/RATMALANA - 350 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet fuel avaiable but type is unknown.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)


Remarks
FUEL (NC-80, 100LL, A1)



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