Osmani International Airport is located in Sylhet, the North-East region of Bangladesh and is the third largest international in the country. The airport is located at 15 km north-east from Sylhet city. This airport was built in 1944-1945, during the 2nd World War to check Japanese aggression from the then Burma (now Myanmar).
Bangladesh Biman, the national airliner, was the first and only airline operator for long time. The vast majority of the passengers of this airport are expatriate Bangladeshis living in United Kingdom. Later, Novo Air and US-Bangla Airlines, two private airline, started their operations at the airport.
Before international flight operations, this airport was known as Sylhet Civil Airport. After starting international flights to London, Sylhet Civil Airport was renamed to Osmani International Airport in honor of General M A G Osmani, the Chief of Liberation Forces in Liberation war of 1971.
The airport was upgraded to a full-fledged domestic airport in 1986 with the new terminal building, navigational system, reconstruction of runway, upgradation of taxiways and aprons under Sylhet Civil Airport project.
It took almost 12 years to expand the airport to enable the airport to operate with medium sized aircraft such as Airbus A310. After that, first international flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines landed at this airport in 2002. But the airport could not reach full international standards due to some technical shortcomings. The runway lighting and airport facilities were commenced to land and takeoff safely from the airport in 2004.
After more upgradation works, Biman operated Hajj flights to Saudi Arabia in 2007.
At present domestic and international passenger and cargo flights are operating by the national and international airlines operators to and from MAG Osmani International Airport, Sylhet.