AviAlliance, an aviation management firm based in Germany, has expressed its interest in forming a partnership with Bangladesh for the construction of Bangabandhu International Airport.
The expressed the interest during a meeting chaired by Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon on Monday.
Addressing the meeting, the minister said the government will build the airport to turn Bangladesh into an aviation hub for both the eastern and the western region of the world.
He added that the airport will create 10,000 new employment opportunities which make a positive impact in Bangladesh’s economic and tourism sectors.
Civil Aviation Secretary SM Golam Faruk, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh Chairman Air Vice-Marshal M Naim Hasan, and Budapest Airport Project Director of AviAlliance Johann Martin were present in the meeting.
AviAlliance is interested in a public-private partnership with the Bangladesh government to jointly fund, design, build, manage and maintain the international airport.
The German aviation firm has shareholdings in the airports of Athens, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and San Juan (Puerto Rico). In 2016, these airports together handled 80.2 million passengers, according to their company website.
It could be noted that, three sites – ‘Char Janajat’ in Madaripur district, ‘Keyain and Latobdi’ in Munshiganj district and Char Bilashpur in Dhaka district – have primarily been selected for establishing the airport by Nippon KoEI Co Limited, a Japanese consulting firm.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune