The government plans to upgrade Nilphamari’s Saidpur Airport into an international airport, sources say.
Once upgraded, it will become the country’s fourth international airport after Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry sources say an announcement in this regard will likely be made before the next national election scheduled for December.
It is believed that the airport’s name will be changed to Dr Wazed Miah International Airport after the upgrade.
A banner in Bangla, bearing the Civil Aviation Ministry’s name, was seen placed in the terminal area, reading that Saidpur was soon going to get the status of the fourth international airport.
An international airport in Nilphamari will boost the economy of the Rangpur division.
On March 31, a team from the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), led by its Chairman Air Vice-Marshal M Naim Hassan, inspected the airport as part of its expansion.
Saidpur Airport’s Manager Shahin Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune: “The CAAB team has visited the airport to observe the infrastructure and technical advancements.
“We hope the development will be visible to everyone soon.”
The airport authority said 75-80% of the work, including the set up of an approach lighting system that allows pilots to visually identify the runway especially at night, was complete.
At least Tk45 lakh is being spent on the expansion project.