China Railway First Group Co Ltd (CRFG), a Chinese company, has been selected to construct an international passenger terminal at Cox’s Bazar Airport to make it an international airport soon.
The Chinese company, in cooperation with a local construction company, National Development Engineers Ltd (NDE), will built the terminal at a cost of Tk 275 crore, agencies report.
When completed, international flights will be able to land at the airport, which would be the country’s fourth international airport.
The government had earlier announced that Cox’s Bazar would be developed as a tourism city and the Moheshkhali area as an investment hub.
Md Mohibul Haque, acting Secretary of the civil aviation ministry, in his proposal said that the civil aviation authorities will provide boarding bridge facilities, escalator, lift, baggage handling system, and set up a central air-conditioning system, PA system and baggage scanning machines at the airport.
“A total of 10,912.49 square feet. building and 49,753 square feet of apron and connecting taxi-way would be constructed by December this year,” the proposal said.
The area of the present terminal, including arrival, departure and VIP arrival lounge, is 10,000 square feet.
After the terminal building is completed, the number of domestic and international passengers would increase sharply because of the possible landing of wide-bodied aircrafts.