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Shahjalal International Airport
শাহজালাল আন্তর্জাতিক বিমানবন্দর
Śāhajālāl Āntarjātik Bimānabandar
IATA: DAC – ICAO: VGZR
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh
Serves Dhaka
Location Kurmitola
Hub for Biman Bangladesh Airlines
GMG Airlines
United Airways
Elevation AMSL 27 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 23°50′34″N 090°24′02″E / 23.84278°N 90.40056°E / 23.84278; 90.40056 (Shah Jalal International Airport)Coordinates: 23°50′34″N 090°24′02″E / 23.84278°N 90.40056°E / 23.84278; 90.40056 (Shah Jalal International Airport)
Website www.caab.gov.bd
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 3,200 10,500 Concrete/Asphalt
Source: Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh


A GMG airlines aircraft waits at the runway on a rainy day.
A GMG airlines aircraft waits at the runway on a rainy day.

Shahjalal International Airport (formerly Zia International Airport) (IATA: DAC, ICAO: VGZR) (Bengali: শাহজালাল আন্তর্জাতিক বিমানবন্দর), located in the capital Dhaka, is the largest airport in Bangladesh. It started operations in 1980, taking over as the country's sole international airport from Tejgaon Airport. It is the home base and hub of all airlines of Bangladesh, including Biman Bangladesh Airlines, GMG Airlines and United Airways.

The airport has an area of 1,981 acres (802 ha). Nearly 52% of the country's international and domestic arrivals and departures occur through this airport, while the country's second largest airport, Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong, accounts for about 17% of passengers. Approximately 4 million international and 1 million domestic passengers and 150,000 tons of freight and mail pass through the airport annually.

Shahjalal International Airport connects Bangladesh with many major cities of the world; Biman Bangladesh Airlines flies from the airport to 18 cities in Europe and Asia.

Location

It is situated in Kurmitola, 11 NM (20 km; 13 mi) north of the capital Dhaka.

History

In 1941, during the second world war, the British government built a landing strip at Kurmitola, several kilometers north of Tejgaon, as an extra landing strip for the Tejgaon Airport, which at the time was a military airport, to operate warplanes towards the war fields of Kohima (Assam) and Burmese war theatres.

After the creation of Pakistan in 1947, Tejgaon Airport became the first civil airport in what was then East Pakistan, current day Bangladesh. Following the independence of Bangladesh, to accommodate the increase in air traffic, a new airport was constructed on the Kurmitola airstrip. In 1981, the airport was officially inaugurated by President Abdus Sattar. It was renamed the Zia International Airport, after the assassination of president Ziaur Rahman.

In 1992, the airport terminal area experienced rapid expansion with addition of boarding bridges and equipments. A multistorey car park with space for 500 cars was also built at this time.

In 2010 the name was changed from Zia International Airport to Shah Jalal International Airport by the Bangladesh government, named after one of Bangladesh's most respected Sufi saints, Shah Jalal.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Passenger

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur
Air India Express Kolkata, Mumbai
Bahrain Air Bahrain
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Dammam, Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Karachi, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, London-Heathrow, Muscat, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Singapore, Sylhet
China Eastern Airlines Beijing-Capital, Dubai, Kunming
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
Dragonair Hong Kong
Druk Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Paro
Emirates Dubai
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
GMG Airlines Abu Dhabi, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Delhi, Dubai, Jeddah, Jessore, Karachi, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Riyadh, Sylhet
Gulf Air Bahrain
Jet Airways Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Kingfisher Airlines Kolkata
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur
Pakistan International Airlines Karachi
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Bengal Airlines Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Sylhet
Saudi Arabian Airlines Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
United Airways Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Dubai, Jeddah, Jessore, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Sylhet
Yemenia Sana'a, Dubai

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
Biman Cargo Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Muscat, London-Heathrow
Bismillah Airlines Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen
British Airways World Cargo London-Heathrow , Chennai
Cathay Pacific Cargo Hong Kong
Empost Dubai
Etihad Crystal Cargo Abu Dhabi, Kolkata
FedEx Express
Midex Airlines Al Ain
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha
Saudi Arabian Airlines Cargo Jeddah, Riyadh
Singapore Airlines Cargo
[resumes 7 September]
Amsterdam, Chennai, Sharjah, Singapore
Sky Capital Airlines
TransGlobal Airways Clark, Fujairah
Yangtze River Express Beijing

Accidents and incidents

  • August 4, 1984 a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Chittagong crashed in the swamps near Shah Jalal Airport. All 45 passengers and 4 crew of the Fokker F27 died. The flight was piloted by Kaniz Fatema Roksana, the first lady commercial pilot of Bangladesh.
  • March 22, 2010 a Lockheed L-1011 belonging to a cargo airline called Sky Capital Airlines, made an emergency landing due to engine fire caused by technical glitches. Nobody was injured, and the plane made it down safely.

Access

The airport is connected to the Dhaka by the Tongi Diversion Road. The nearest hotel near Shahjalal International is the Dhaka Regency Hotel.

Future developments

The government is currently debating whether to build a new airport to reduce pressure on Shahjalal International Airport..

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General Info
Country Bangladesh
ICAO ID VGZR
Time UTC+6
Latitude 23.843333
23° 50' 36.00" N
Longitude 90.397781
090° 23' 52.01" E
Elevation 30 feet
9 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 000° W (05/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
DHAKA TWR 118.3
DHAKA RDO 2947
3491
6556
10066
DHAKA GND 121.8
DHAKA ATIS 127.4
DHAKA APP
0130-1400Z Sun-Fri, 0130-0630Z Sat
121.3


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
14/32 10500 x 150 feet
3200 x 46 meters
PART CONCRETE, PART ASPHALT, OR PART BITUMEN-BOUND MACADAM. 059FBWT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME DAC DHAKA 074X 112.7 1.4 NM 323.9
NDB DCN DHAKA - 298 1.1 NM 271.5


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)


Remarks
CAUTION Ldg acft should not confuse Zia Intl with Tejgaon STOL Port 3 NM S.Bird haz Dec-May.
CSTMS/AG/IMG Avbl.
FUEL Ltd stock avbl. (NC-100LL, A1)
MISC Acft exceeding 80' wingspan rqr tow bar for push back. Due to a parking and maneuvering problem, info on all acft with a fuselage len more than 232 ft and/or a wg span more than 214 ft shall be sent to ATC in writing with at least 24 hr PN.
OPR HOURS Opr HO



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