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Bangladesh - Govt plans to renovate and reopen Ishwardi Airport: Mahbub Ali


(MENAFN- Bangladesh Monitor) Dhaka: The government is planning to renovate and reopen Ishwardi Airport, expressed State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali.

The State Minister said this while addressing the National parliament on November 28.

A total of 436.65 acre of land was acquired for Ishwardi Airport. Of which, 145.91 acre is under the possession of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh which contains the airport's terminal building, runway, taxiway, apron, navigation and connectivity equipment, residential area of officers and entrance road to the airport, among others, noted the State Minister.

The remaining land of 290.74 acre is under the possession of the Bangladesh Army. Once, that land is handed over to CAAB, Ishwardi Airport will be renovated and reopened, mentioned Mahbub Ali.

As traffic increases on long roads, people are now turning more and more to air travel to save time and energy. As a result, we are seeing new cross-country long haul domestic air routes emerging and all of them are witnessing great load factors. With that, the call for reopening the unutilised Ishwardi Airport is becoming even stronger.

During the British Rule, Pabna's Ishwardi Airport was established. However, due to low demand and passenger crisis, the airports were later closed. But now the situation is different, said stakeholders of the aviation sector.

A new potential has emerged surrounding Ishwardi Airport because of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project, said Pabna-4 (Atgharia-Ishwardi) former Member of Parliament Monzur Rahman Bishwas.

Due to Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, plenty of business travel by project officials has been taking place to Ishwardi.

Hence, M Shafiqul Islam, Head of Marketing and Sales, US-Bangla Airlines, said they have been in efforts to pursue CAAB to reopen the unutilised airport of the country so that they can begin flight operations to and from those airports.

'If CAAB extends the runway of Ishwardi Airport by only 500 meters, we can operate flight operations to and from the airport by small aircraft such as ATR 72-600,' he claimed, adding, there is great demand of air travel on the route which is currently untapped.

However, Salahuddin of Biman said, they cannot plan on operating flights to and from the unutilised airport unless and until CAAB renovates those airports and permits the airlines to operate flights there.

Therefore, the government is finally preparing to carry out the formalities to renovate and reopen the Ishwardi Airport, as the MoCAT State Minister explained.

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