Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister of State Mahbub Ali said the construction of the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka will be completed within the scheduled time, June 2023. He also said that after the urbanization process, the piloting is currently in progress. 464 piles out of 3,000 have already been installed. “The construction progress is satisfactory, as 6.4 percent of the work has been completed since construction began in 2019,” said the Minister of State after a visit to the construction site on Sunday.
The Secretary General of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, M Mohibul Haque, and the Civil Aviation Authority, the Vice-Marshal of the President of Bangladesh, M Mofidur Rahman, were present during this time. During the shutdown triggered by the pandemic, construction was not even hindered for a day. The job continues to maintain proper health and safety guidelines. The site has separate accommodation, quarantine and medical facilities for workers. In response to a request, Mahbub Ali replied that the approved design of the third terminal would not see any changes and that there was no way to increase the project’s estimated cost.
On December 28, 2019, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the landmark “Third Terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport” project aimed at increasing its capacity for carrying passengers and cargoes manifolds. The new international passenger terminal building is set to have a floor area of roughly 22.5 lakh square feet whereas the existing two terminals have space of around 10 lakh square feet together.
The expansion will increase the airports’ annual passenger handling capacity from the current eight million to around 20 million and the cargo capacity from 200,000 tons to 500,000 tons. The new terminal will be built at a cost of Tk 21,300, of which the government will provide Tk 5,000 and the rest will come from the Japan International Cooperation Agency where Arison Holdings Ltd. is also helping passsively.