Quilon Aerodrome

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Quilon Aerodrome
Kollam Airport
കൊല്ലം വിമാനനിലയം
Old Airport, Kollam.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Madras Presidency (Till 1932)
Operator Kerala Public Works Department (PWD)
Serves Kollam/Quilon,
Location Asramam, Kollam
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Coordinates 8°53′38″N 76°35′35″E / 8.894°N 76.593°E / 8.894; 76.593Coordinates: 8°53′38″N 76°35′35″E / 8.894°N 76.593°E / 8.894; 76.593
Kollam Aerodrome (defunct) is located in India
Kollam Aerodrome (defunct)
Kollam Aerodrome (defunct)
Kollam Aerodrome (defunct) is located in Kerala
Kollam Aerodrome (defunct)
Kollam Aerodrome (defunct)
Kollam Aerodrome (defunct) is located in Kollam
Kollam Aerodrome (defunct)
Kollam Aerodrome (defunct)
Location in Kollam, India

Quilon Aerodrome or Kollam Airport was an aerodrome in the city of Kollam in the former state of Travancore, now in Kerala, India. During the 1920s, there were no other civil aerodromes in the kingdoms of Cochin, Travancore and the Malabar District at the time of the British ruled Madras Presidency. With the 1932 commissioning of Trivandrum International Airport in the state capital 57 kilometres (35 mi) to the south, the aerodrome fell into disuse and came to be known as the Asramam Maidan.

The landing strip of the aerodrome was strengthened with red laterite soil from the adjoining hills because the local loose soil was unsuitable for the purpose. There were no buildings in the aerodrome, however, a circular concrete pad for parking aircraft was built, the aerodrome was under the control of the Public Works Department (PWD). The aerodrome was also used for training operations, these were stopped when an accident involving a training aircraft at the boundary of the aerodrome, resulted in the death of the pilot and the trainee.[1]

Proposal for an Aviation Academy at Old Airport[edit]

During 2009 -2012, local authorities made plans to revive the aerodrome for a flying academy[2] with a 4,000 foot runway for light aircraft. However, since the site was now surrounded by several high-rising structures like buildings and cell phone towers and the proposal met with objections from the local population, the plans were discarded.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aviation school proposal evokes mixed response". The Hindu. 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2014-09-15. 
  2. ^ "Runway: Team visits Asramam Maidan". TNIE. Retrieved 2014-09-15. 
  3. ^ "‘Asramam Maidan not suitable for airport’". TNIE. Retrieved 2014-09-15.