The Palaly Airport was opened on 359 acres of land by the British Armed Forces, with the first flight to India being made on 10 December 1947. As of today, it will function as the Jaffna International Airport.
The airport, situated 20 KMs from the Jaffna City, has been equipped with a 2.3 KM long runway.
The ICAO airport code of Jaffna International Airport is VCCJ. Its IATA airport code is JAF. The ICAO airport codes of Ratmalana International Airport and Batticaloa International Airport are VCCC and VCCB, respectively. The IATA airport codes of these two airports are BTC and RML.
With the renaming of the three regional airports in addition to the Colombo and Mattala international airports, Sri Lanka will have five international airports.