Colombo Ratmalana Airport
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|IATA: RML – ICAO: VCCC
Airport (Sri Lanka)
||Sri Lanka Air Force
||Colombo, Sri Lanka
||16 ft / 5 m
||6°49′19.18″N 79°53′10.35″E / 6.8219944°N 79.8862083°ECoordinates: 6°49′19.18″N 79°53′10.35″E / 6.8219944°N 79.8862083°E
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.
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 Currently Serving
- Aero Lanka
- Expo Aviation
- Deccan Lanka
- Daya Aviation
- Air Ceylon
- Upali Air
Fixed Base Operators
- Daya Aviation
- Deccan Helicopters
Since the 1980s the airfield has been operated by the Sri Lanka Air Force as the SLAF Ratmalana with several operational squadrons based there.
- 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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06° 49' 19.18" N
079° 53' 10.35" E
||002° W (01/06)
|International Clearance Status
||Airport of Entry
||6013 x 100 feet
1833 x 30 meters
||Distance From Field
||Bearing From Navaid
||Jet fuel avaiable but type is unknown.|
100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
||(NC-80, 100LL, A1)
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