Cox’s Bazar airport is set to see expansion to help take off and landing of larger aircraft as part of a government move to expand tourism in the important south-eastern tourist spot.
Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) on Tuesday signed an agreement with Changjiang Yichang Waterway Engineering Bureau (CYWEB) - China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC)-JV to implement runway expansion scheme with own finance.A total of 1,700 feet runway will be extended to Cox's Bazar Airport's Maheshkhali Channel through reclamation process.
Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman and CYWEB-CCECC authorized representative Yang Zhijun signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.
The project is aimed at upgrading Cox's Bazar airport to a world-class airport to facilitate domestic and foreign travel and also meet the growing demand for aviation.
Upon the completion of Cox's Bazar airport expansion, it will facilitate operation of spacious aircraft Boeing-777-300ER and Boeing-747-400, said a press release issued by CAAB. The international tourist movement will increase from this airport as well as ordinary passengers.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the Cox's Bazar airport expansion project at a meeting of the cabinet committee on public procurement held on January 6, 2021.