Barisal Airport

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Barisal Airport
IATA: BZLICAO: VGBR
BZL is located in Bangladesh
BZL
BZL
Location of airport in Bangladesh
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh
Location Barisal
Elevation AMSL 23 ft / 7 m
Coordinates 22°48′03.71″N 090°18′04.19″E / 22.8010306°N 90.3011639°E / 22.8010306; 90.3011639Coordinates: 22°48′03.71″N 090°18′04.19″E / 22.8010306°N 90.3011639°E / 22.8010306; 90.3011639
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 5,995 1,827 Asphalt

Barisal Airport (IATA: BZLICAO: VGBR) is a domestic airport located in the southern city of Barisal in Bangladesh. United Airways resumed flights to Dhaka from 25 April 2013.[1][2] Biman Bangladesh Airlines, GMG Airlines and Royal Bengal Airlines previously operated flights to Dhaka.[3]

Location[edit]

The airport is located close to Barisal city in Rahamatpur area of Babuganj Upazila. The airport serves to the people of the southern Bangladesh region.[3]

History[edit]

Before it was constructed, there was a huge demand for an airport in the region, for quicker travel to capital Dhaka.[3] Local organisations held many strikes and demonstrations for its construction.[3] The airport was finally built in 1985 on 163 acres of land, at cost of BDT 4 million.[3] It was officially inaugurated by the then president Abdur Rahman Biswas on 3 December 1995.[3] Aero Bengal Airlines, a private airline, was the first airline to launch flights to the airport.[3] National carrier, Biman started their services on November 1995.[3]

In 2007, the airport played a significant role during the relief operation in the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr in November 2007, thus virtually saving thousands of lives of the cyclone affected people. International relief materials like drinking water, rice, blankets and other life saving materials were possible to sent to the devastated victims of the cyclone with the help of the airport.[3]

Traffic[edit]

The airport has served 158,987 passengers between 1995 to 2009. Over 20,000 flights including passengers, training, cargo and other flights had operated from the airport.[3] The airport saw highest number of passengers in 1999 and highest number of flights in the year 2000.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
United Airways Dhaka

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Commercial flights resume at Barisal Airport". The Daily Star. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "United Airways to restart Dhaka-Barisal flights". The Daily Star. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Staff on rolls, Barisal airport stuck". The Independent. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 

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