About IRD

Iswardi Airport is a domestic airport in Ishwardi Upazila of Pabna District, Bangladesh. The IATA code for the airport is IRD and ICAO code is VGIS.

The airport was constructed by the then British Government during the Second World War. That time, this airport was known as Hijli Base Area. The airport was then used by Twentieth Air Force.

Iswardi airport hosted the United States Army Air Force XX Bomber Command 58th Bombardment Wing between 8–24 February 1945, prior to its deployment to the Mariana Islands.

The first passenger flight from this airport was operated in 1962 by PIA. After the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier of Bangladesh operated their regular flights to and from Dhaka till 1989. United Airways, a private Bangladeshi airline resumed their flight operation to Dhaka in 2013. Unfortunately the operation was suspended in 2014.

Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) controls the airport. Presently, all passenger flight operations are suspended, but this airport is still used by Bangladesh Air Force, Navy, Army and other light aircraft including helicopters of some organizations.

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