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Zia International Airport (Bengali: Zia Antorjatik BimanbĂ´ndor) is the largest airport in Bangladeshmarker located in Kurmitola, north of Dhakamarker, with Dhaka Cantonment on one side and Uttara Residential Areamarker on the other. It started operations in 1981, and was named after Bangladesh's former president, Ziaur Rahman. It is the home base and hub of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, GMG Airlines and United Airways.

It has an area of . Nearly 52% of the country's international and domestic arrivals and departures occur through Zia Airport, while country's second largest international airport at Chittagongmarker handles about 17% of passengers. About 4 million international and 1 million domestic passengers and 150,000 tons of freight and mail pass through Zia International Airport annually.

Zia Airport has terminal buildings, hangars, technical areas, a freight village (warehouse), and other modern equipment for handling aircraft. It connects many major cities of the world with Bangladesh. From here, Biman Bangladesh flies to 21 cities on 2 continents.

Airlines and destinations

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History

The airport was built during British rule of the Indian Subcontinent during World War II, partly to check Japanesemarker aggression from Burmamarker. It was also used by the United States Army Air Force, whose Tenth Air Force stationed several B-24 Liberator bomber units at the airport during the war, flying combat missions against the Japanese in Burma. With the end of the war, the combat airfield was redeveloped into a commercial airport.

Accidents

  • August 4, 1984 a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Chittagong crashed in the swamps near Zia Airport. All 45 passengers and 4 crew of the Fokker F27 died. The flight was piloted by Kaniz Fatema Roksana, the country's first female commercial pilot.


References

  1. Dhaka Airports: Dhaka hotels and Dhaka city guide
  2. International Flight Schedule. Biman
  3. Domestic Flight Schedule. Biman
  4. Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.


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