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Hingurakgoda Airport

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Airport type  Military / Public
Serves  Minneriya
07/25  2,287
Elevation  52 m
Operator  Sri Lanka Air Force
Elevation AMSL  46 m / 151 ft
Address  Hingurakgoda, Sri Lanka
Owner  Government of Sri Lanka
Hingurakgoda Airport
Location  Hingurakgoda, Sri Lanka
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Hingurakgoda Airport (Sinhalese: හිඟුරක්ගොඩ ගුවන්තොටුපළ, IATA: HIM, ICAO: VCCH), also known as Minneriya Airport, is a domestic airport in Hingurakgoda, Sri Lanka. It is also a military airbase known as Sri Lanka Air Force Base Hingurakgoda.

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The facility is located 6.4 nautical miles (11.9 km) north of the town of Polonnaruwa. It resides at an elevation of 46 metres (151 ft) and has one runway designated 07/25 with a bitumen surface measuring 2,287 by 46 metres (7,503 ft × 151 ft).

History

This base was an RAF airfield, RAF Minneriya during World War II from 1942 to 1946, which was renovated and re-established by the Sri Lanka Air Force in 1978.

Facilities

SLAF Hingurakgoda is the fourth-largest airport in Sri Lanka and has the fourth-longest runway in Sri Lanka. The runway can easily accommodate narrow-body aircraft like Airbus A320 family, Boeing 737 and Boeing 757. It can also tightly handle wide-body aircraft like Airbus A300, Airbus A330, Boeing 767, Boeing 777 or even at emergencies a Boeing 747.

The airport's sole runway is not equipped with ILS (Instrument Landing System), thus all approaches and takeoffs are performed visually.

Lodger Squadrons

  • No. 7 Helicopter Squadron
  • No. 9 Attack Helicopter Squadron
  • References

    Hingurakgoda Airport Wikipedia


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