Barishal Airport is a domestic airport of Bangladesh located in Barishal district. The IATA code for the airport is BZL and ICAO Code is VGBR.
The history behind construction of the airport is very interesting. Plant Protection Department acquired 13.09 acres of land for spraying pesticides by aircraft and to facilitate this, an airstrip sized 1800 by 60 feet was constructed. After the independence war of Bangladesh, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) acquired more 85.5 acres land to launch an airport in this region. Unfortunately it was closed after the land acquisition.
Before re-construction, there was huge demand for an airport in this southern region to travel faster to and from Dhaka, the capital city. In 1990-91 the construction work of the airport was started. In July 1995, the construction of 2300 feet long runway, CAAB was able to open a stall-port for executing commercial flights.
At present, the airport runway is 6000 feet long and 100 feet wide.
Flight operations at Barishal airport have seen many ups and downs since first operation of commercial flights.
Aero Bengal Airlines started their flight on July, 1995 and then closed in May 1998. Biman Bangladesh Airlines started on November 1995 and then closed on August 1998. Again Started on April 2003 then closed on December 2006. In April, 2015 Biman Bangladesh Airlines again started to operate their flight. Parabat Airlines started on August, 1996 and then closed in July 2000. United Airlines started on September 2008 and then closed in May, 2009. Again Started on April, 2013 and closed on August 2014. US Bangla Airlines started their operation on July 2015. NOVOAIR Airlines started on April, 2016 and closed on 31/12/2016.
At present, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Novoair and US-Bangla Airlines operate commercial flights to and from Barishal airport.