Batticaloa: Cheap Flights, Tickets, and Travel Deals

Cheap Flights to Batticaloa Airport

Batticaloa Airport is a small domestic airport located approximately 4 kilometres to the south-east of the town of Batticaloa, on Sri Lanka's Thimilathiu West island. The air facility also functions a base for Air Force Batticaloa. Batticaloa Airport originally began operations in 1953 under the ownership of the Department of Civil Aviation, but it was later closed down. The airport was re-opened by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) in 1983 and later expanded to accommodate commercial service. Today, Batticaloa Airport serves as a gateway to Sri Lanka's East Coast beaches and the coastal resort town of Pasikudah. Cheap flights to Batticaloa Airport can be found by entering your departure city and travel date into Skyscanner's flight search. If you haven't yet decided on a travel date, the Whole Month search feature can help you determine which days of the month offer the most affordable airfares.

Best Time to Fly to Batticaloa Airport

Sri Lanka's East Coast sees a rise in tourist numbers during the "dry" season, which runs from May through September. At this time of year, high daytime temperatures (up to 35 degrees Celsius can make outdoor sightseeing difficult. You can also expect to pay much more for flights and accommodation than you would during the off-peak season. Another time of year that you may wish to avoid travelling to the East Coast is during the months of December and January, when the region sees a significant amount of rainfall. A good time for budget-minded travellers to visit Batticaloa is during the months of February and March, when the weather is pleasant and great travel deals can be found. Skyscanner's Price Alert tool can help you monitor flight prices for a specific travel date. Instructions for setting price alerts can be found here.

Airlines That Fly to Batticaloa Airport

There are no direct flights available from Canada to Batticaloa Airport. The only way to reach this airport is to connect through Ratmalana Airport in Colombo. Regular scheduled commercial flights between the two airports are served by Cinamon Air. Charter service from Ratmalana Airport to Batticaloa Airport is offered by four domestic carriers: Air Senok, FitsAir, Hellitours, and Milennium Airlines. For a full list of airlines that fly from Canada to Ratmalana Airport, refer to this page.

What to Expect When Arriving at the Airport

Batticaloa Airport consists of a single terminal building and a 1,700-metre-long runway that can only accommodate small aircraft. There are no mobile staircases or jet bridges connecting the runway to the terminal building; arriving travellers disembark directly onto the tarmac. Batticaloa Airport is located around 10 minutes by car from the city centre. The only ground transportation options at Batticaloa Airport are local taxi services, shared vans, and hotel shuttles, all of which are available at the curbside outside of the terminal. The airport is not served by any public transit lines or car rental agencies, so it's a good idea to confirm with your tour operator whether transfers to and from the facility are included with your travel package.

Airport Facilities

Batticaloa Airport has limited services and amenities for arriving travellers. There are no cashpoints, ATMs, or currency exchange counters at the facility, so you'll want to be sure to arrive at the airport with enough local currency to cover a taxi ride into town. There are also no restaurants or food concessions at the airport, so be sure to pick up a few snacks in Colombo before boarding your flight to Batticaloa. There is also no WiFi service at the airport, but there are several cheap hotels nearby that include Internet access in their room rates.

What to See and Do in Batticaloa

No tour of Batticaloa is complete without a visit to Batticaloa Fort. The structure, which was built in 1628 and seized by the Dutch in 1638, sits on a picturesque islet surrounded by the Batticaloa lagoon and offers a rare glimpse into Sri Lanka's rich history. Other popular tourist attractions in Batticaloa are Batticaloa Lighthouse, an old lighthouse located on Bar Road that was built by British Ceylon, and Mahatma Ghandi Park, which features the famous Batticaloa Gate and a charming harbour.

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 Location Details

Longitude:81° 40' 42'' E
Latitude:7° 42' 11'' N

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