Dhaka airport to undergo a $52 million upgradation programme

The Zia International Airport (ZIA) in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, is to be thoroughly modernised with help from Denmark. This includes replacing its twice-repaired radar, whose life runs out next year.

An official of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), the executing agency of the project, said that the French-built radar system was installed in 1984.

The loss-making national carrier Bangladesh Biman has been turned into a corporation, and there are plans to import modern aircraft that would need better infrastructure.

The $52-million upgradation programme for the Zia International Airport also plans to strengthen the taxiway to accommodate wide-bodied passenger planes, which are heavier than other airliners. The deterioration of the taxiway and parts of the communication equipment is not an acceptable situation as per the ICAO, the CAAB official said.