DHAKA: The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) is set to suspend the night flight operations at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for six months from December 1 in order to upgrade the runway.
Earlier on Jul 14, the airport authority announced to suspend the night flight from November 1. But, they have changed their decision in a bid to ease the sufferings of Hajj pilgrims during the month of November.
According to a new notice issued by the CAAB authority, the operations will be closed from 11pm to 8am everyday from December 1, 2012 to May 30, 2013.
Regarding the issue, civil aviation and tourism minister Faruk Khan 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.”
The minister inaugurated the reconstruction of an asphalt concrete runway overlay at Shahjalal International Airport on June 3.
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.
BDST: 0835 HRS, JUL 31, 2012
Edited by: Maria Salam, Asst Output Editor
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