Cox’s Bazar airport upgrade to start in 3 months, says MenonStaff Correspondent
Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon on Sunday said that construction works of proposed Cox’s Bazar International Airport would start within three months.
‘We hope the works will start within three months,’ the newly appointed minister told a function while inaugurating the high-speed taxiway of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Sunday afternoon.
Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh is waiting for initiative for upgrading the Cox’s Bazar Airport to an international airport. China is interested to provide assistance to upgrade the airport, it was learnt.
If upgraded into an international airport, Cox’s Bazar airport will be the 4th international airport of the country.
The airport, constructed during the Second World War, currently has a 6,775-feet long and 150 feet wide runway. After finishing development works, its runway would be 9,000-feet long and 200-feet wide.
Prior to the function, Menon also held a meeting with senior officials at the CAAB headquarters, where he was briefed about different ongoing and proposed mega projects of the civil aviation sector.
Officials attending the meeting, however, told New Age that it would need at least six months to start construction works of the Cox’s Bazar airport as the authorities required time to process the tender again.
The CAAB, meanwhile, is upgrading high-speed taxiway and runway at HSIA in cooperation with Denmark government under a project worth Tk 567 crore.
The minister on the day inaugurated the high-speed taxiway at Shahjalal International Airport.
Addressing the function, the Danish ambassador to Dhaka, Hanne Fugl Eskjær, lauded the authorities for completing the construction work faster. ‘Upgradation of the airport is essential,’ she said.
Speaking on the occasion, CAAB chairman Air Vice Marshal Mahmud Hussain said that the plan for upgrading the high-speed taxiway and runway at HSIA was proposed a decade ago but was delayed due to manifold reasons including bureaucratic bottleneck.
Wing Commander SM Nazmul Anam, the CAAB director of flight safety and regulations, told New Age that the newly built high-speed taxiway would reduce fuel consumption of state-of-the-art aircraft.
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