Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) is the largest international airport in Bangladesh, It is also the busiest airport in the courtry, IATA code for HSIA is DAC and ICAO ID is VGHS.
The airport is located at Kurmitola, some 17 km north of Dhaka city centre, the capital of Bangladesh. Part of the airport is also used by the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). The airport is maintained by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).
As the biggest one, HSIA airport possesses a large area of 802 hectares or 1981 acres of land. The airport started its operation in 1980. Before its establishment, Tejgaon Airport was used as the only airport in Dhaka city. HSIA was initially known as Dacca International Airport and later as Zia International Airport. Later on, the airport was named in honor of prominent Sufi Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal.
HSIA is the hub for the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines. The airport can handle about 8 million passengers every year. Biman Bangladesh Airlines also provides ground handling services at the airport.
The airport has three terminals in total. Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are used for international arrival and departures while the third terminal is used as the Domestic terminal. First floors of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are used as departures terminal whereas the ground floor of them are used as Arrival terminal. There is also another terminal about 200 meter away from the main terminal known as the VIP terminal which is used occasionally.
The construction of a third international terminal is underway now. With the expansion, the new terminal will have a floor area of around 226000 square meters, a 5900 square meters VVIP complex, 41,200 sq. meters cargo building and multi-level car parking with tunnel. With the inception of the new terminal, passenger capacity handling capacity is expected to be raised to 20 million every year.