Bangladesh: Dhaka airport’s third terminal 97% completed, claims aviation minister

Bangladesh: Dhaka airport's third terminal 97% completed, claims aviation minister
An aerial view of HSIA's Terminal 3 in construction (Image credit: Stock)

Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA)’s third terminal is near completion, Bangladesh’s civil aviation and tourism minister told local media this week.

On a visit to the airport’s Terminal 3, Faruk Khan told journalists “I am satisfied with the progress … only 3 per cent of the work is now remaining”.

The airport is based in Bangladesh’s capital city Dhaka. The project to build a third terminal commenced in December 2019.

According to Khan, the new terminal is progressing on schedule despite the impact of the pandemic on construction, local media outlets report.

“I am hopeful about the timely launch of the terminal,” he said.

It is expected to be operational from the end of 2024 to the beginning of 2025.

The minister also hinted that construction of a second runway at HSIA is under consideration to make use of Terminal 3 – once operational.

“We have plans for the second runway. As there are so many buildings around the airport, we are looking [at] how we can built a second runway, ” Khan added.

Aviation Dhaka Consortium, the contractor of the project, has already completed the physical work of the third terminal, which covers an area of 542,000 square metres, 230,000 square metres of floor space, 115 check-in counters, 66 departure and 59 arrival gates – in addition to three VIP immigration desks.

Once fully operational, Terminal 3 is expected to boost Dhaka airport’s passenger capacity to 24 million annually – up from the 8 million travellers it currently serves.

HSIA’s cargo handling capacity is also set for a boost. Today, this figure sits at 500,000 tonnes.

Terminal 3 will be connected with the elevated expressway, underground railway, and airport railway station through a tunnel.