Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport was established as an airfield in the early forties. The airfield was originally built during World War II to fuel Allied warplanes., which later turned into an airport.
After independence in 1972, it began to be used as a commercial domestic airport. When Bangladesh Biman started transporting passengers to Dubai and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, the airport gradually became an international airport in 1990. However, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recognized the airport as an international airport on October 31, 2013, almost 23 years later.
Prior to that, the modernization of the airport began in March 1998 with the financial and technical support of the Japanese company JICA. At a cost of Tk 570 crore (US 51.57 million), the work took about two years to complete – December 2000. In 2001, Chittagong MA Hannan International Airport started its journey in a new form.
From 1996 to 2001, the name of this airport was Chittagong MA Hannan International Airport. But when the BNP government came to power in the second phase, the name of this airport in Chittagong was changed to Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport.
Most of the runways and installations at the previous old airport were built by handing over to the Air Force
All the facilities of an international airport with new facilities of international standard, runway, modern communication system. This huge airport building of about nine thousand 643 square feet with a height of four storeys has all the facilities for simultaneous loading and unloading of passengers of domestic and international aircraft. But as the required number of international and reputed airlines did not start taking off and landing, at one stage 40 percent of the facilities of this modern airport were left unused. That is why the government decided to hand over the management of the airport to Thai Airways International. In addition to making the airport profitable through long-term leases, arrangements have been made to make the region a major tourist attraction by transporting more passengers through Chittagong.
Now, besides international passenger transport, goods are also being transported through this airport in Chittagong to various destinations in the world. Emirates Sky Cargo and Etihad Cargo are taking these goods. In addition to international flights, Air Arabia, Fly Dubai, Malinda Airlines and Omar Air are taking passengers to various destinations around the world.
How to go
The airport is located on the banks of the Karnafuli River at Patenga in Chittagong, 20 km from the GEC junction in Chittagong city and 18.5 km from the Chittagong railway station.
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