|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh|
|Elevation AMSL||23 ft / 7 m|
Barisal Airport (IATA: BZL, ICAO: VGBR) is a domestic airport located in the southern city of Barisal in Bangladesh. Biman Bangladesh Airlines, GMG Airlines, Royal Bengal Airlines and United Airways previously operated flights to Dhaka from this airport.
At first on year of 1963-64 The hony' Speaker of Pakistan parliament Late Justice Mr. Abdur Jabbar Khan, s/o of Mr. Md. Kazal Khan, V-Baherchar, P-Khudrakathi, T-Babugong, District-Barisal took personally initiative to spry insect killer medicine for the project of Plant protection department at North Rohomatpur. He aquars 13.09 acor land at North Rohomatpur and built a small airstrip 1800 X 60 size. Year of 1968 they started the activities of Biman by spry insect killer medicine at stall-port. After that 1969 Hony' paliament member Mr. Rashed Khan Menon raise a bill at parliament to make it's activities as regular basis and the parliament passed the proposed bill. In that continuation 1970-71 the government made the order to The Department of Civil Aviation for aquar another 85.46 acar land. After that it was closed. Before it was re-constructed, there was a huge demand for an airport in the region, for quicker travel to capital Dhaka. Local organisations held many strikes and demonstrations for its construction. The airport was finally built in 1985 on 163 acres of land, at cost of BDT 4 million. It was officially inaugurated by the then president Abdur Rahman Biswas on 3 December 1995. Aero Bengal Airlines, a private airline, was the first airline to launch flights to the airport. National carrier, Biman started their services on November 1995.
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.
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. The airport saw highest number of passengers in 1999 and highest number of flights in the year 2000.
Airlines and destinations
- Airport information for VGBR at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh: Airports
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