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Pictorial Tour of Colombo Intl. Airport, Katunayaka

From RAF Negombo to Bandaranayike Intl. Airport, Colombo

Sri Lankan Operators at Colombo

International Operators - Then & Now

Modern Colombo Airport Facilitates

Colombo FIR - Then & Now

HISTORICAL CHRONICLE OF AIR CEYLON
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CHRONICLE OF AVIATION IN SRI LANKA
COLOMBO AIRPORT, KATUNAYAKA - THEN & NOW
WONDERFUL WORLD OF AVIATION
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From RAF Negombo to Bandaranayike Intl. Airport, Colombo

RAF Katunayake formerly known as RAF Negombo was built by the British in the mid 1940's to replace their lost airfields in Pakistan and India. KAT was conveniently situated in-between Aden and Singapore to serve the continuing need of supplying its vast Empire particularly so in the Far East and was used as a staging post to rest crews and passengers of aircraft in transit.

KAT was built among a plantation of 40000 coconut trees and lies some 20 plus miles north of the capital city Colombo and less than a handful of miles east of Negombo. The village just outside the camp gates at that time was Kurana.

The airfield was used via 3 organisations, primarily it was a Royal Air Force Base, although the Royal Ceylon Air Force was formed in the late forties they expanded their air force by establishing their headquarters at KAT. The major civilian airlines used KAT as their northern mid Indian Ocean base as a refueling stopover where crews were 'slipped', passengers were able to take a break and the aircraft could be replenished for the next leg of their journey.

 

1957 - Runway 04 End

1957 - Vickers Valettas known as 'Pigs' due to its shape,

these were semi permanently based at KAT running freight and passengers between Kat and Gan in the Maldives.

XD875, Valiant and a Comet at Negombo, Ceylon, 4th June 1958, en route to Butterworth

Xmas 1959 was a time to collect most of the signs from the different sections at RAF Katunayake

1960 - Bristol Freighter

DC3, Comet, TWA Constellation & Valiants at post Independence Katunayake Airbase

1960 - Runway 22 approach path

Over Runway 22 End

Opening of new Katunayaka Terminal on 5 August 1968.

1980s - New Runway Under Construction

New runway & aprons. Note the old runway converted to the parallel taxiway.

Air Lanka Tristars on the apron Bravo

Newest Apron 'Charlie'

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Sri Lankan Operators at Colombo

 

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International Operators - Then & Now

 

BALKAN BULGARIAN AIRLINES - BULGARIA - TU 154

ROYAL NEPAL AIRLINES - NEPAL - B727

EMIRATES AIRLINES - DUBAI - B727

GULF AIR - BAHRAIN, QATAR, OMAN, ABU DHABI - L1011-200

THAI INTERNATIONAL - THAILAND - A300 B4

ALIA - ROYAL JORDANIAN AIRLINES - L1011-500

AEROFLOT - USSR - IL86

INDIAN AIRLINES - INDIA - B737-100

Balair - Switzerland - A310

KOREAN AIRLINES - SOUTH KOREA - DC10 30

BRITISH AIRWAYS - GREAT BRITAIN - B747-200

SINGAPORE AIRLINES - SINGAPORE - B747-200

PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES - PAKISTAN - A300-B4

CONDOR - GERMANY - DC10 30

KLM - ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES - B747-200

SAUDIA - SAUDI ARABIA - B747-200

LTU - GERMANY - L1011-100

UTA - FRENCH AIRLINES - DC10 30

KUWAIT AIRWAYS - KUWAIT - A310

SWISS AIR - SWITZERLAND - DC10 30

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 Modern Colombo Airport Facilitates

 

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From RAF Negombo to Bandaranayike Intl. Airport, Colombo

Sri Lankan Operators at Colombo

International Operators - Then & Now

Modern Colombo Airport Facilitates

Colombo FIR - Then & Now


HISTORICAL CHRONICLE OF AIR CEYLON
HISTORICAL CHRONICLE OF AVIATION IN CEYLON - Page 1
HISTORICAL CHRONICLE OF AVIATION IN CEYLON - Page 2
CHRONICLE OF AVIATION IN SRI LANKA
COLOMBO AIRPORT, KATUNAYAKA - THEN & NOW
WONDERFUL WORLD OF AVIATION
PIONEERING AVIATION PERSONNEL OF CEYLON
AIR CEYLON - HOME PAGE

 

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