Weerawila International Airport

Weerawila International Airport

Infobox Airport
name = Weerawila Airport
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IATA = WRZ
ICAO = VCCW
type = Joint Military and Civilian
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operator = Sri Lanka Air Force
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location = Weerawila, Sri Lanka
elevation-f = 50
elevation-m = 16
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r1-number = 7/25
r1-length-f = 4000
r1-length-m = 1219
r1-surface = Asphalt
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The Weerawila International Airport Airport codes|WRZ|VCCW is an airport currently under construction in Sri Lanka. When it is completed, it will be the second international airport in Sri Lanka. It is due to be completed in 2009. However, the project is currently facing a few environmental issues regarding the large number of birds in the area. The first phase the Weerawila international airport would be able to accommodate eight aircraft. The foundation stone for the airport was laid on November 19 2006 by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It would also be the first airport in Sri Lanka which would have the capability of landing the latest Airbus A380 aircraft. And it may also act as the hub for the country's low cost carrier, Mihin Lanka.

The investment for the first phase would be Rs. 12.5 billion ($125 million). The airport will comprise of a 4000-meter runway and provide parking space for 14 aircraft at a time. In addition a Customs building, large hangar, AASL office and other modern facilities too would be provided. The construction will be carried out with the latest technology under the guidance of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The airfield has previously been a Sri Lanka Air Force base, also known as Wirawila Airport.

Proposed airlines

* Mihin Lanka

Links

* [http://www.dailynews.lk/2006/11/03/ Daily News, Sri Lanka]
* [http://www.colombopage.com/archive/November18145035SL.html Colombopage]


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