Dhaka – Bangladesh has taken up scheme to expand its main international airport in Dhaka to handle the ever-increasing pressure of passengers and cargo through Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, officials said.
As part of the improvement plan, the government approved a plan to build yet another terminal of the airport with an estimated cost of Tk 13,610 crore.
Japan International Cooperation Agency will finance the project. The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh and construction consultants signed an agreement for the plan on Sunday.
According to the work-plan, the construction of the new terminal, to be called Terminal-3, will begin in April 2018 to run up to 2021. The airport has two terminals to handle international passengers and cargo.
Once the project is completed, passenger handling capacity of the airport will increase to 20 million from the existing 8 million per year. The cargo handling capacity will increase to 500,000 tonnes instead of 200,000 tonnes now.
Rashed Khan Menon, minister for civil aviation and tourism, who was present at the agreement signing said the project was taken considering the numbers of passengers using the HSIA is getting higher every day.
Heavy flow of freight has already exceeded the cargo handling capacity of the airport, he said adding that the trend of passengers flow will cross the Dhaka’s handling capacity by 2018.
“The government has taken into consideration the two factors to decide expansion of the airport,” he said.
CAAB Chairman Air Vice Marshal Ehsanul Ghoni Chowdhury and Vice Charmin of Japan based Nippon Co Ltd Haruhiko Kanai, Vice Charmin of Japanese Oriental Consultants Ltd Jun Yamauchi, Executive Vice President of Singaporean CPG Consultant ltd Rohani Binte Baharin and AKM Rafiquddin of Bangladesh Development Design Consultant inked the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.
Bangladesh has been mulling for another airport, which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina earlier said, will consider as a junction for the world’s East and the West. But the site for such a big airport was not yet completed.