During the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday, the number of passengers at Shahjalal International Airport has increased to go to village houses and various tourist destinations. In this situation, flights to different destinations are delayed by one to two hours.
According to airport sources, a huge crowd of passengers has created chaos at the airport. As a result, passengers are suffering at almost every stage, starting from the disruption of flight schedules.
Long queues of passengers have been formed at the check-in counters of various airlines. Immigration and boarding bridges also have to wait a long time.
Several passengers from Syedpur, Jessore and Barisal said they had to wait for hours at the check-in counter.
Airport authorities say the resumption of the 24-hour flight schedule in the middle of this month will reduce the suffering of passengers.
Currently, the airport’s third terminal is closed for eight hours from midnight due to construction of a taxiway. The 24-hour flight is scheduled to resume in mid-May.
Group Captain Kamrul Islam, executive director of the airport, said the country’s three airlines were operating extra flights due to Eid, which had increased passenger pressure at the airport.
“We are trying our best to provide all kinds of facilities to the best of our ability,” he added.
At present, about 33 domestic and international airlines operate an average of 90 flights a day, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
According to Bebichak, 16,000 to 18,000 passengers will use the airport daily for the next one week. The number of passengers in normal time is between 13 thousand to 14 thousand.
Source: The Daily Star