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Iranamadu Airport

Iranamadu Airport
இரணமடு விமான நிலையம்
ඉරණමඩුව ගුවන්තොටුපළ
ICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Government of Sri Lanka
Operator Sri Lanka Air Force
Serves Kilinochchi
Location Iranamadu, Sri Lanka
Built 2003
In use 2003 - 2009,
2011 - present
Commander M. M. T. C. Manamperi
Coordinates
Map
Iranamadu Airport is located in Sri Lanka
Iranamadu Airport
Iranamadu Airport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 1,500 4,900 Asphalt

Iranamadu Airport (Tamil: இரணமடு விமான நிலையம், Sinhala: ඉරණමඩුව ගුවන්තොටුපළ) is an air force station and domestic airport in Iranamadu in northern Sri Lanka. Located approximately 9.5 km (5.9 mi) south east of the town of Kilinochchi, the airport is also known as Kilinochchi Airport and SLAF Iranamadu. Originally built by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2003, it was captured by the Sri Lankan military in 2009 and taken over by the Sri Lanka Air Force.

History

The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam first built an airstrip in Iranamadu in the early 1990s. In 1993 they started clearing land south east of the Iranamadu Tank and over the next two years constructed a runway which was opened by LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran on 19 March 1995.[1] The runway was then bombed and destroyed by the Sri Lanka Air Force.[1][2] In late 2003, during the Norwegian facilitated ceasefire, the LTTE started clearing land at another site, east of Iranamadu Tank.[1] Within a year the LTTE had built a 1,200 m (3,900 ft) runway.[1] The air force bombed the airstrip several times, indulging in June 2006 after the Kebithigollewa massacre.[3] The airstrip was the launchpad for a number of Air Tigers attacks including the raid on Anuradhapura Air Force Base in October 2007.[4] The Sri Lankan military captured the airstrip on 15 January 2009.[5][6]

A Sri Lanka Air Force detachment moved onto the site on 21 June 2009.[7][8] The airstrip became an air station on 3 August 2011.[9] The airstrip was reconstructed in 2011 and opened for light aircraft.[10][11] The airstrip was then converted into an airport with a 1,500 m (4,900 ft) runway capable of handling the air force's Lockheed C-130 Hercules and Antonov An-32 aircraft.[12][13] The new airport was officially opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, becoming the country's 16th domestic airport.[14]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Helitours Colombo-Ratmalana

References

  1. ^ a b c d  
  2. ^ "Air Tigers acquired a twin-engine aircraft before Tsunami".  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ Ferdinando, Shamindra (16 June 2013). "Vanni east landscape transformed with new airfield, major SLAF station".  
  5. ^ Hariharan, R. (23 January 2009). "Looks like Prabakaran’s last battle".  
  6. ^ Berenger, Leon (18 January 2009). "Armed forces poised to take last bastion of LTTE".  
  7. ^ "SLAF Iranamadu base completes one year SLAF Iranamadu base completes one year". adaderana.lk. 11 June 2010. 
  8. ^ Weerakoon, Gagani (16 June 2013). "The jungle airstrip".  
  9. ^ Nathaniel, Camelia (2 February 2013). "Conquering another frontier".  
  10. ^ "President opens SL’s 16th domestic airport in Iranamadu".  
  11. ^ "The reconstructed Iranamadu airstrip declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa".  
  12. ^ "Video: Iranamadu Air strip opened".  
  13. ^ "Expanded Iranamadu Airstrip Opens".  
  14. ^ "President opens Iranamadu airstrip".  

External links

  • Sri Lanka Air Force Station Iranamadu
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