Dhaka, Bangladesh
Syedpur Airport to emerge as northern aviation hub: Kamal

Syedpur Airport to emerge as northern aviation hub: Kamal

NILPHAMARI, Oct 11: Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal said Syedpur Airport located in Nilphamari district would be turned into a regional aviation hub soon in the northern region in the country. "We have already appointed foreign consultants and allocated fund to conduct necessary infrastructural developments of Syedpur Airport towards the direction," he said while talking to local journalists at the VIP Lounge of the airport on Wednesday. The Minister said he came there to inspect progress of the ongoing infrastructural development works at Syedpur Airport as directed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. "The present government has already allocated Taka 32 crore for construction of a new terminal Bhaban and Taka 22 crore for construction of an apron for parking of two more aircrafts at Syedpur Airport," he said. Kamal said a letter has been sent to Nilphamari district administration directing to take necessary steps for acquiring 912 acres of land for expansion of the airport and the process is progressing fast. "Currently, Syedpur Airport has 6,800 feet long runway. We are extending length of the runway to 12,000 feet to pave the facilities for easy landing and taking off of large bodied aircrafts," he said. He said Syedpur Airport would become an aviation hub not only for the northern region, but would play key role in the air communication sector to enhance regional investments, commerce and tourism in Bangladesh including northwestern parts of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, MP, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Public Administration HN Ashiqur Rahman, MP, and Whip of the Opposition in Jatiya Sangshad Shawkat Chowdhury, MP, accompanied Kamal. Acting Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority Air Commodore M Mostafizur Rahman, its Chief Engineer Sudhendu Bikash Goswami and Manager of Syedpur Airport Shahin Ahmed were present on the occasion.

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