Shahjalal’s third terminal, Bangladesh in the era of modern airports

Abdur Rahman Khan

The third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport was inaugurated in the outgoing year to make Bangladesh an aviation hub.

The third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport was inaugurated in the outgoing year to make Bangladesh an aviation hub. Through this, Bangladesh entered the modern airport era out of the traditional airport service. This terminal will revolutionize the country’s aviation sector to provide world-class passenger service and safety.

On October 7, 2023, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina performed the ‘soft opening’ of the third terminal of Shahjalal International Airport. However, even if air traffic starts using the terminal, its full use will be possible by the end of 2024. Then world-class facilities and improved passenger services will be assured.

While inaugurating the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that she hopes that the country will become the aviation hub of the region in the future through the two airports of Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar.

The new terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport was designed by Rohani Baharin, an architect of many famous architectures including Singapore’s Changi Airport. The construction work of this three-storey terminal started on December 28, 2019. Japan’s Mitsubishi, Fujita and South Korea’s Samsung have jointly constructed the terminal at a cost of Tk 21,399 crore. The terminal is connected to an elevated expressway and a metro rail route.

With the help of France, modern technology radar and other necessary air security systems have been added to this terminal. The work of connecting Hajj camp and airport railway station directly from this terminal through a tunnel is still going on.

The passenger capacity of this terminal will be 1 crore 60 lakh. The two terminals now have a capacity of 8 million passengers. As a result, when the third terminal is fully operational, the authorities expect to be able to serve 2 crore 4 million passengers a year. The floor area of the terminal is 2 lakh 30 thousand square meters. The total floor space of the previous two terminals was 1 lakh square meters.

The new terminal will have a total of 26 boarding bridges, while the previous two terminals had a total of 8 bridges. At the same time, a total of 37 aircraft can be parked in the new terminal. The former two could hold 29 aircraft. Earlier there were eight baggage conveyor belts with two terminals. And the third terminal has 16 belts. 1 thousand 230 cars can be kept together in its parking lot.

In the previous two terminals, there were a total of 62 check-in counters, and 107 immigration counters. 115 check-in counters and 128 immigration counters have also been added to the third terminal.

The authorities say that there will be a major change in the passenger service from now on in the event of the coordination of the new infrastructure with the modern security system. In addition, the private aviation authority hopes that after Japan takes responsibility for the ground handling, i.e. baggage management, the overall management of the airport will become really smart.

Air Vice Marshal M Mofidur Rahman, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, said that the new terminal will provide world-class services to passengers. But they have to wait till the end of this year for this terminal to be fully operational. This time will be required due to the necessary calibration and preparation of equipment used in terminal operations, he said.

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