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12:00 AM, July 15, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 15, 2012

Eight-hour flight suspension from Nov 1

Shahjalal airport upgrade underway

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) is set to suspend flight operations for eight hours daily from November 1 to April 30, 2013 to reconstruct the lone runway of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
No flight will take off or land at the airport from 12.30am to 8am. However, flight operations will be closed from 1.30am to 8.30am during the hajj season, a CAAB official said.
“We have sent letters to all domestic and international airlines that use this airport, so they can adjust their flights with the new timing,” said Wing Commander SM Nazmul Anam, director for flight safety and regulations of CAAB.
The CAAB plans to increase manpower in the immigration department and in ground handling, as passengers face hassles at the airport when two or more large planes take off or land at a time, Anam said.
The airport staff on overnight duty will also be tasked with that job, he said.
The Shah Amanat International Airport terminal in Chittagong and Osmani International Airport in Sylhet will be ready for emergency landing during these six months, Anam said.
The aviation authority started the reconstruction of an asphalt concrete runway overlay at Shahjalal International Airport on June 3 after a six-year delay.
With this, the 10,500 feet lone runway of the airport is likely to get enough physical strength to handle heavyweight and wide-bodied modern aircraft.
The runway reconstruction is a part of upgrading of Shahjalal International Airport that will cost Tk 530 crore.

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