Deal to upgrade Sylhet airport signed

Sylhet airport expansion

Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) on Sunday signed an agreement with a Chinese company for extension of Osmani International Airport in Sylhet at a cost of Tk 21.160 billion and increase its annual passenger handling capacity to 2.0 million from the present 0.6 million.

Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) has been awarded the contract to build the international passenger and cargo terminal buildings, Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower, passenger boarding bridge, parking apron, taxiway, car parking zone and link roads at the country’s third largest airport within next two years and nine months.

CAAB Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman and BUCG Bangladesh country head Harold Huang inked the agreement on behalf of their respective sides at the CAAB headquarters in Dhaka, said a press release.

Terming the task as one of the visionary and major projects of the present government, the CAAB chairman said the initiative would significantly contribute to the socioeconomic development of the country in future.

On March 11, the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) approved the CAAB’s proposal for awarding the contract to BUCG for conducting works at Sylhet Osmani International Airport.

The BUCG will implement the public works at the Sylhet Airport under the “Sylhet Osmani International Airport Extension (1st phase) Project” with an expenditure of over Tk 21.16 billion.

A total of six firms submitted their bids for the project where BUCG turned out to be the lowest bidder.

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