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Pictorial Tour of Colombo Intl. Airport, Katunayaka
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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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