HSIA to be the hub of aviation in Southeast Asia
Published: 13:46 22 January 2021 Updated: 15:06 22 January 2021
Design of the third terminal under construction at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport
The government wants to make Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) the hub of aviation in Southeast Asia. For this, the automated third terminal is being built at a cost of Tk 21,000 crore, which has already started.
Construction of the terminal is underway on 3,500 acres of land on the south-eastern side of Shahjalal Airport. More than 1500 workers are working day and night.
The first phase of the terminal will have 12 boarding bridges (currently 8), 16 luggage belts, multi-storey car parking and 35 parking bays for aircraft. A separate Cargo Village will also be set up for import and export. Another runway will also be built. Ultramodern air traffic management systems and radar will be installed to avoid accidents.
Considering the geographical boundaries from Eastern Europe to Oceania, Dhaka is located at the center. For this reason, if all modern services and facilities are ensured, Dhaka will become the center of aviation in this entire region. The airport will be attractive to almost all countries in the north-south, east-west.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Md. Mahbub Ali told Daily Bangladesh, “Shahjalal Airport will gradually become a connecting hub. We will make every effort to modernize our airports as much as possible. The latest technology will be used. This airport will be the center of Southeast Asia.”
“Good connectivity can be provided at low cost at Dhaka Airport. It is being sorted with the help of all modern technology. With the opening of this terminal, Shahjalal Airport will be able to handle about 3 lakh flights a year,” said Chowdhury Ziaul Kabir, Group Captain of Civil Aviation Member Flight Standards and Regulation Group.
Although Bangladesh has air service agreements with a total of 53 countries, there are currently direct flights with 23 countries. The new terminal will increase direct flight connectivity with more countries, thus this will increase the number of aviation customers by several crores.
The construction of the third terminal at HSIA is being jointly funded by the Government of Bangladesh and the Japanese donor agency JICA. The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) and the Aviation Dhaka Consortium (ADC) reached an agreement on January 14 on the project. It was signed by CAAB Chairman Air Vice Marshal Md. Mofidur Rahman and Yasunori Sakamoto, general manager of Mitsubishi Corporation.
Earlier on December 28 last year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the third terminal construction project of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and unveiled the plaque. The new terminal was designed by Rohani Bahrain, a renowned architect of CPG Corporation Limited, Singapore.
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