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The country's first heliport terminal is being built on 100 bighas

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  • 20 September, 2020 12:00:29

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News Desk: The country's first heliport terminal is going to be built soon. The helipad terminal will be built on about 100 bighas in Kawla near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has already appointed a consultant to build this international standard helipad. Bebichak officials say it has been decided to build a helipad terminal on Bebichak's own land on the east side of the railway line, south of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport roundabout. The cost has been estimated at Tk 500 crore. Once the terminal is built, 60 helicopters will be able to land together. Aviation analysts say capable businessmen, filmmakers, hospital owners and foreign investors are looking for alternatives to avoid unbearable traffic jams.

Following this, the use of helicopters has increased at the corporate level. As a result, building a helipad is a timely step. It is learned that helicopters are being used for shooting movies, participating in political rallies, bringing patients, board meetings of different companies and coming and going in Dhaka. But every time you have to take permission from Bebichak to fly. But once the heliport is built, you don't have to take permission every time. According to relevant information, nine organizations now have helicopter licenses. Several more companies have already applied for licenses. Some may be licensed after verification. It is learned that RNR Airlines, now owned by Sikder Group, is the largest commercial helicopter service provider in Bangladesh.

Now they have seven helicopters. Besides, South Asian Airlines has four helicopters, Bashundhara Group, Meghna Group and Square Group have three helicopters each. PHP Group and Bangla International have one helicopter. There are two helicopters each BRB Cables, Impress Aviation and MAS Bangladesh. Among them are hangars of R&R, BRB Cables, Bangla International, PHP Airlines at Shahjalal International Airport. According to Bebichak officials, at the beginning of the use of helicopters in the country, the average number of users per month was 500 to one thousand. Now it has increased from five to 10 thousand per month. The first company in Bangladesh called South Asian Airlines started this business with a commercial license. According to Bebichak, the nine companies now have 26 helicopters. The companies have appealed to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to bring in more helicopters.

If you want to know the senior secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism. Mahibul Haque said the Prime Minister has already given instructions to build a heliport. We are working on the construction of the heliport terminal. Air Vice Marshal Mofidur Rahman, chairman of Bangladesh's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said the construction of the heliport terminal would be completed within the next one to one-and-a-half years. After the third terminal of Shahjalal International Airport, construction of helipad is our number one priority.

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