It will be connected to Ashkona Hajj camp as well as the metro rail
Braving the pandemic, the work on the construction of the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is progressing in full swing with officials saying that parts of the much-awaited building will be visible by December this year.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) informed that already 22% construction work has been completed and it is expected to gain momentum now that Covid-19 infections are decreasing.
CAAB Chairman Air Vice Marshal Mafidur Rahman said that the construction of the third terminal will be completed on time.
“The progress of the work is very satisfactory,” he said.
“The construction work is progressing faster than anticipated. The project will be visible from the outside within December this year,” he added.
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali told UNB that the terminal, designed by renowned architect Rohani Baharin, will match the world’s most modern airports.
Rohani is famous for her works with Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 3, Wuhan Tianhe International Airport’s Terminal 2, Guangzhou Baiyun New International Airport, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Islamabad International Airport, Can Tho International Airport and Phu Quoc International Airport.
The state minister said that the construction work is moving faster than the draft plan, which makes him hopeful that it can be inaugurated before the scheduled time, which is 2023.
He said that even during the onslaught of Covid-19, the construction work did not stop for a single day and around 4,000 national and international workers are working on the project maintaining all the Covid-19 safety guidelines.
Once completed, the world-class terminal can serve twice the number of passengers that the Dhaka airport is handling currently, the state minister hoped.
Once the project is implemented, the main airport of the country will be able to provide service to over 20 million passengers every year, said CAAB.
Besides, it will be connected with the adjacent Ashkona Hajj Camp by a tunnel, facilitating pilgrims’ direct transfer from the camp to the airport.
He further informed that metro rail will be connected to this terminal.
“The terminal will be fully automated. A foreigner can realize the beauty of Bangladesh by setting foot at this beautiful airport,” he added.
The work on the construction of the terminal was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on December 29, 2019.
According to project sources, the terminal is being constructed on 542,000 square metres of land and will have a floor space of 230,000 square metres, 115 check-in counters, 64 departure and 64 arrival immigration desks.
Besides, the parking space can accommodate 1,230 vehicles at a time and there will be a 542,000-square-metre apron for 37 aircrafts. Also, there will be 26 baggage scanning machines, 11 body scanners, 12 boarding bridges and 16 luggage belts.
The terminal building will be 230,000 square meters. It will have a touch of advanced architecture and will host all modern facilities inside.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved the project on October 24, 2017.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is financing the construction work. Simuji of Japan and Samsung of Korea are jointly implementing the project called Aviation Dhaka Consortium.