Cox’s Bazar airport runway expansion works to open today...

Dhaka, Wednesday   20 October 2021

Cox’s Bazar airport runway expansion works to open today

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:43 AM, 29 August 2021   Updated: 10:56 AM, 29 August 2021

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will officially inaugurate the expansion work on the Cox's Bazar Airport runway online on Sunday as part of a project to make it an international standard one. 

The government has taken the initiative to upgrade the airport through extending its runway by reclaiming land from the sea so that international flights operated by wide-body aircraft can land at the airport.

After completion of the project, the new 10,700 feet runway will allow wide-bodied aircraft like Boeing 777 and 747 to operate at the airport paving the way for operation of international flights.  

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali and Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) will be present in person at the ceremony.

The CAAB signed a deal for the project with the Chinese joint venture of Changjiang Yichang Waterway Engineering Bureau (CYWEB) and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) on February 9 this year. 

The project is scheduled to be completed by May 2024 with an estimated cost of Taka 1,568.86 crore. 

The project was approved by the government on November 4, 2018. 

The detailed design and construction of temporary facilities, including a site office, road networks, jetty, and concrete batching plant had been substantially completed.

The main construction work would begin after the prime minister laid the foundation stone of the project, CAAB officials said.