Dhaka airport’s third terminal awaits partial opening

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate a portion of the third terminal of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on October 7.

Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab), made the announcement at a press conference yesterday held at the under-construction terminal building. According to Caab, 12 of a total of 26 boarding bridges will be operational in October.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the terminal since construction work will be 92% complete by that time, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Mafidur Rahman confirmed yesterday.

“The signing of the agreement is expected by the middle of next year. Until then, the CAAB will look after these tasks. Besides, Biman will not be excluded from ground handling as there will be more than one company to operate the activities,” the CAAB chairman said.

“In light of that decision, our PPP authority has appointed a transitional advisor. He will fix all the terms and conditions on which interested Japanese companies will work,” he added.

The construction of Dhaka Airport’s third terminal is in progress, and it is anticipated to enhance the airport’s capacity significantly upon completion. This new terminal is designed to accommodate a growing number of passengers and provide improved facilities to meet the modern standards of air travel.

Once operational, the third terminal is expected to alleviate congestion in the existing terminals and offer a more seamless travel experience for both domestic and international passengers. The terminal’s architecture and facilities are being designed to reflect the cultural identity of the region while incorporating advanced technologies to streamline various aspects of airport operations.

The eagerly anticipated partial opening of the third terminal will mark a significant milestone in the expansion and development of Dhaka Airport. It is poised to contribute not only to the convenience of travelers but also to the overall economic growth and connectivity of the region.

The authorities are working diligently to ensure that the terminal’s construction meets the highest quality standards and adheres to safety protocols, ultimately leading to a successful and impactful addition to the airport’s infrastructure.

Upon completion of the third terminal, Dhaka Airport’s annual passenger and cargo handling capacity is expected to double. It can accommodate approximately 24 million passengers (including the old terminal) and handle 500,000 tonnes of cargo each year.

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