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Iranamadu runway to open next month

The Iranamadu runway in Kilinochchi, which the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) plans to open next month, will be open for all domestic aviation activities, said Air Force Spokesman Wing Commander Shiraz Jaldeen.

The new runway is being constructed according to International Civil Aviation standards enabling its use by any civil aviator, according to Wing Commander Sumedha Silva, the Commanding Officer of the Rapid Runway Repair Wing of the SLAF.

At present 85 percent of the construction work is complete, according to Wing Commander Silva. "At the moment we are installing runway lights. The aviation tower is under construction and we have almost completed the construction of a separate parking area for air planes," explained Wing Com. Silva.

"The C130 is the largest air plane we have with the Air Force and the runway is suitable to land this large cargo plane," he explained. As the runway serves all commercial domestic airlines a separate building is under construction as the air movement area for passengers.

Construction has used over 42,000 cubes of gravel that the Air Force found from the vicinity of the construction area. "The aggregate base coat on top of the gravel layer needs a large amount of granite and the entire requirement was from the metal crusher owned by the SLAF at Mamaduwa in Vavuniya," Wing Com. Silva said.

"We bought all material after thoroughly testing them for suitability to construct a standard runway. We have established a fully-fledged testing lab at the premises," he said.

The SLAF has 14 runways around the country at the moment and the Iranamadu runway is the first to be built by SLAF with their own expertise. Last December, Air Force Commander, Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama landed a light aircraft to test the condition of the runway.

 

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