An airport is very important to connect a country with another country in a short time and play a considerable role in the economic development of a country. In this post, we will share about International airports in Bangladesh.
About of International Airports in Bangladesh
There are three international airports in the countywide, which are located in the important cities in the country. Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is the main and busiest airport of the country among them. Airports code are mentioned below-
|Name of Airports
|Shahjalal International Airport
|Shah Amanat International Airport
|Osmani International Airport
Shahjalal International Airport
Shahjalal International Airport, Photo Credit @greendata.com.bd
Shahjalal International Airport is the largest and principal international airport in Bangladesh, which is situated in the capital city of Dhaka. About 52 percent of international and domestic flights of the country are operating from this airport. It’s also a part of BAF Bangabandhu Base used by the Bangladesh Air Force. The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) operates and maintains all activities of the airport.
Shahjalal International Airport started operations in 1980, taking over from Tejgaon Airport as the main international airport of the country and was known as Dacca International Airport (“Dacca” is the previously used spelling for “Dhaka”). Finally, in 1983 President Abdus Sattar inaugurated the airport as Ziya International Airport.
In 2010, the ruling government changed the name of the airport in 2010 and named it as Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport from Zia International Airport, who was the famous Sufi saint of the Indian subcontinent.
Shahjalal International Airport connects Bangladesh with many important cities in the world. The national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines operates flights from this airport in about 18 cities of Europe and Asia. Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is the primary hub of Biman Bangladesh Airlines including Regent Airways, Novoair and US-Bangla Airlines. Regent Airways, Novoair and US-Bangla Airlines are the private airways in Bangladesh, which are operating domestic and international flights from here.
Shah Amanat International Airport
Shah Amanat International Airport, Photo Credit @ Mainul Islam on Facebook
Shah Amanat International Airport is the second largest international airport in Bangladesh situated in Chittagong City. This airport is located near the Karnaphuli River and Bay of Bangla. Many foreign-invested industries and the main sea port of the country are situated in Chittagong. There are also many tourists and historical places here. So, the importance of the airport is increasing day by day for this area.
During the Second World War, initially alliance built the airfield here for supplying fuel in fighter aircraft. Later, this airfield was used as an airport. After independence from Pakistan, it started to be used as a commercial domestic airport in 1972. When the Bangladesh Airplane started transporting passengers to Dubai and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, the airport gradually turned into an international airport in 1990.
However, after long 23 years later on 31 October 2013, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recognized the airport as an international airport. From 1996 to 2001 the name of this airport was Chittagong MA Hannan International Airport. But when the BNP government came to power in the second phase, Chittagong Airport changed its name to Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport.
At present, the airport has many facilities available as an international airport. In addition to the passenger transport on international and domestic routes, transport of goods through Shah Amanat International Airport is being transported to various destinations of the world.
Osmani International Airport
Osmani International Airport. Source- facebook.com
Osmani International Airport is also an important airport and situated in Sylhet, the North-East region of Bangladesh. It’s third largest among international airports in Bangladesh. This airport is located at Barsal area 8 kilometers away from main Sylhet city.
The airport is operated by the Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority also and the national airline of Bangladesh is also used for Biman Bangladesh Airlines. At present, domestic airlines of Bangladesh operate their flights in Sylhet – Dhaka and Sylhet-Chittagong. The flights are operated from Osmani International Airport to London and Dubai included different countries.
Sylhet is one of the popular tourist destinations in the country, where have many attractive places. Therefore, the vast majority of the passengers using the airport are resident Bangladeshi, who live in the United Kingdom. So, Osmani International Airport plays an important role for commutation in this region.