Dhaka airport’s 3rd terminal to boost trade

Construction of the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA T3) will significantly enhance the capacity of passenger and cargo handling and will contribute to boosting Bangladesh’s trade. 

The new terminal is set to more than double the airport’s annual passenger handling capacity from the current eight million to over 20 million and the cargo capacity from 200,000 tons to 500,000 tons.

AKM Maksudul Islam, project director of the third terminal, briefed a delegation of the BGMEA led by the President, about the features and amenities of the new terminal when they visited the site on January 13.

The delegation included BGMEA Vice Presidents Shahidullah Azim and Miran Ali, Director Asif Ashraf and former Director Ashikur Rahman (Tuhin). High officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) were also present on the occasion.

The three-storey terminal building is being built over an area of 542,000 square meter having have a floor space of 230,000 square meters with 115 check-in counters, 64 departure and 64 arrival immigration desks.

The world-class terminal equipped with modern amenities will provide all services under a single roof, ensuring seamless operations and comfort of passengers. 

The import cargo complex will be 27,000 square meters having a capacity of handling 273,470 tons per year.

The export cargo complex, with an area of 36,000 square meters, will have capacity of 546,941 tons annually.

Besides, the parking space can accommodate 1,230 vehicles at a time. The terminal will 27 hold baggage x-ray screener machines, 11 body scanners, 25 central departure security screening, 12 boarding bridges, and 16 luggage belts.

BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said trade and businesses are expanding in Bangladesh, so is the demand for international trade by air. 

Expressing thanks to the government for taking such a time-befitting initiative, he said Terminal-3, with advanced architecture and modern facilities, will help not only to boost trade but also augment the image of Bangladesh internationally.

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