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Location Details
CountryBangladeshLatitude22.24972
Province / DistrictChittagongLongitude91.81333
Town or City (Closest)

Chittagong

10 NM N South of Chittagong City

Elevation (ft and m)12 ft / 4 m
Airfield NameShah Amanat International AirportIATA and ICAO CodesCGP / VGEG
Open From (hours)00.00Open To (hours)00.00


Introduction and Overview

Shah Amanat International Airport (SAIA) is the second-largest international airport in Bangladesh after Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. The airport is operated and maintained by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh. It is used by the Bangladesh Air Force as a part of 'BAF Zahurul Haq Base'. It was renamed on 2 April 2005 after an Islamic saint, Shah Amanat. It is capable of annually handling approx. 2 million passengers and 10,000 MTs of cargo. SAIA also serves as a base to Arirang Flying School. The airport is in the Patenga area of the city, 20 kilometres west from the city's main commercial hub, GEC Circle and 18.5 km south of the city's railway station on the north bank of the Karnaphuli River.

The airfield was built in the early 1940s under the British rule. Known as Chattogram Airfield during World War II, it was used as a combat airfield, as well as a supply point and photographic reconnaissance base by the United States Army Air Forces' Tenth Air Force during the Burma Campaign 1944-1945. After liberation initially it was mainly used for connecting Dhaka and Chattogram. But in the mid-1990s Bangladesh Biman started it’s international flights to Bangkok, Dubai and all other major Gulf cities and it officially became an international airport.

In March 1998, a major renovation and expansion began, which ended in December 2000. CAAB received financial assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency for the US$51.57 million upgrade. The upgrade modernised the terminal with new and better seats, more check-in counters, better security equipment and other facilities. The Air Traffic Control tower received new hi-tech equipment such as 3D radar. The runway, taxiways and the tarmac were expanded and improved. After the upgrade, aircraft such as the Boeing 747-400 or the Airbus A 340 can land easily. The Airport is ICAO certified in 2005.

Contact details of the Airport:

Name & Address

Contact Names & Email

Telephone & Fax

Shah Amanat International Airport, Chattogram

Name: Wg Cdr Sarwar-e- Zaman

Title: Airport Manager

Email: apmctg@caab.gov.bd

Tel: 880 31 2500900 (off)
Tel: 880 31 2500953 (res)
Cell   : 01708167272
AFS         : VGEGYDYX

 

General Information of SAIA

Briefly Runway and Apron

Runway & Lighting

 

Single Backtrack Runway 05/23 2940m X 45m

PCN 66 F/C/X/T

Runway end turning pads 120m X 80m

Precision approach CAT1 lights on RWY 23

Simple approach lights RWY 05

CAT-1 ILS System for RWY23

Apron

Single Apron 750’ X 430’ with head of stand roadway surrounded by soft grassy areas

Four main parking stands are nose in – push out configuration.

Standard parking: 2x747-400 + 1x DC10+1 xA380

Dense parking: Standard Parking + 4AN12’s

Two taxiway entrances / exits

Lighting masts at the head of each stand.

Two fixed air bridges which are capable of handling Boeing 747-400 sized A/C.


Terminal building

The airport's sole 20,000 m2 passenger terminal is divided into two parts: International and Domestic with a boarding bridge in each. The International part of the terminal is larger than the Domestic one due to higher number of passengers. The building is divided into two floors: The lower floor is used for checking in, boarding or getting off small planes and receiving luggage. The upper floor is used for boarding or getting off large planes only. The 2nd Terminal Building is in the active consideration of authority.

Following are some dotted points of the existing Terminal:

  • Modern concrete arrival / departure terminal capable of handling approx 2 million passenger per annum.
  • 4 departure lounges with suitable seating areas capable of holding 1500 people in total.
  • 16 check-in desks.
  • 1 domestic arrivals hall and 1 large international arrivals hall.
  • Overall size of the terminal building is 18,600m².
  • Total number of Bays- 10 (6-Old and 4-New).

 

Control Tower

The Air Traffic Control Tower is 50 meters west of the airport terminal. This single ATC tower controlling both commercial and military operations. It has a clear view of the tarmac and taxiways but is far from the runway. Heavy rain or fog can make it difficult for controllers to see planes taking off or landing. At present total 16 civilian ATC staff supplemented by BAF controllers work here. They provide 24-hour ATC coverage; however, normal operations are 18-20-hour days. No traffic flow restrictions.

Contact : Senior Air Traffic Control Officer, Phone : +88 0312 500 954 and +88 0312 500 982

 

Taxiway and Tarmac

The airport has 2 taxiways, Alpha and Bravo, that directly leads to the tarmac (or aircraft parking zone) from the runway. The tarmac can accommodate a maximum of four aircraft; two wide-body Boeing 747-400s, a wide-body McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and a narrow-body Airbus A320 can be parked there at once. The airport has two boarding bridges and two passenger steps. The parking points are usually empty as most of the planes that arrive there take off soon after. A small civil plane hangar belonging to Biman is available but is rarely used.

The Bangladesh Military has a parking zone and two plane hangars east of the runway. The Bangladesh Air Force store a few planes here, which have direct access to the runway.

 

Runway Details

Airport ID

Dimensions

Surface

PCN

ILS

05/23

9646 x 150 feet

2940 x 46 meters

PART CONCRETE, PART ASPHALT, OR PART BITUMEN-BOUND MACADAM.

66 FCXT

YES

Description

Runway 05

Runway 23

Surface

Part Concrete, Part Asphalt, or Part Bitumen-Bound Macadam.

Part Concrete, Part Asphalt, or Part Bitumen-Bound Macadam.

True Heading

004.80

228.0

Latitude

22.240814 (22° 14' 26.93" N)

22.258406 (22° 15' 30.26" N)

Longitude

91.802653 (091° 48' 09.55" E)

91.823919 (091° 49' 26.11" E)

Elevation

12.0 feet (4 meters)

12.0 feet (4 meters)

Slope

0.0°

0.0°

Landing Distance

9646 feet (2940 meters)

9646 feet (2940 meters)

Takeoff Distance

10840 feet (3304 meters)

9846 feet (3001 meters)

Overrun Length

1194 feet (364 meters)

200 feet (61 meters)

Overrun Surface

Asphalt

Asphalt

Lighting System

A4 -PAPI-Portable Lights

A1-PAPI-Portable Lights


Airport Data

Geographical and Administration Data

1.

ARP* coordinates and site at AD*

221525.28N, 0914919.95E; in the runway

2.

Distance and direction from city

10 NM (18.5 km) south of City railway station

3.

AD elevation/reference temperature

Elev: 12ft / T: 32degree C (April)

4.

Magnetic variation

55' West in 1985 (Annual change negligible)

5.

Type of traffic permitted

IFR/VFR

Rescue and Fire Fighting Services

1.

AD category for fire fighting:

Required category 7, available category 7.

2.

Rescue equipment available:

Available to meet the ICAO requirement for category 7.

3.

Disable Aircraft Removal

Nil (But in crisis assistance will be provided from Dhaka)

4.

Seasonal Availability Clearing

The airport is available for all seasons. Side strips become unusable during monsoon. There is no requirement for clearing.

Surface Movement Guidance, Control System and Markings

1.

Use of aircraft stand ID signs, TWY guidelines and visual docking/ parking guidance system of aircraft stands

Taxiing guidance signs at all intersections with TWY and RWY at all holding positions, Guidelines at apron, Nose-in guidance at airport stands.

2.

RWY and TWY markings and LGT

RWY: 05/23. white, omni-directional.
THR LGT: green.
TWY: blue edge lights for all taxiways.
RWY marking aids: THR, TDZ, Centre Line, RWY designator - all runways
TWY marking aids: TWY holding position, TWY centre line - all TWYs.

Aerodrome Obstacles

In approach/Take-off areas

In circling area

RWY affected

Obstacle type;
Elevation

Position

Marking/ Light

Remarks

Obstacles in the circling area at aerodrome are shown on the instrument approach charts and page VGEG AD 2-9 of AIP. All obstruction are provided with day marking and obstruction lighting where necessary and feasible.

23

Hill
132 ft

064 deg M FM THR RWY 23

No

River Karnaphully flows around RWY23. Masts of ships and boats may constitute mibile obstructions on approach.

Meteorological Information Provided

1.

Associated Met office

Shah Amanat Intl. (VGEG)

2.

Hours of service

H24

3.

Office responsible for TAF preparation and Periods of validity

Shah Amanat Intl. (VGEG); 12

4.

Type of landing forecast Interval of issuance

TREND; 1/2 hourly

5.

Briefing/consultation provide

P, D, T

6.

Flight documentation and Languages used

C, PL; English

7.

Charts and other information available for briefing or consultation

S,U

8.

ATS units provided with information

TWR

9.

Additional information

Tel: 880-31-740788,
880-31-741532 Ext: 2006, 2201

Declared Distances

RWY

TORA (m)

TODA (m)

ASDA (m)

LDA (m)

Remarks

05

2940

2940

3000

2940

nil

23

2940

2940

3000

2940

nil

RWY: Runway; TORA: Take-off Run Available; TODA: Take-off Distance Available; ASDA: Accelerate-Stop Distance Available; LDA: Landing Distance Available.

Approach and runway lighting

RWY designator

APCH LGT type
LEN INTST

THR LGT color WBAR

VASIS (MEHT) PAPI

TDZ LGT LEN

RWY centre line LGT

RWY edge LGT LEN, spacing, color INTST

RWY end LGT color WBAR

SWY LGT

Remark

05

Simple approach lighting system

Green

3 deg
PAPI

nil

nil

Last 2000 ft amber rest white omnidirectional with intensity 20%, 40%, 60%, 80%,  100%

Red unidirectional

Green omnidirectional

nil

nil

23

Simple approach lighting system

Green

3 deg
PAPI

nil

nil

Last 2000 ft amber rest white omnidirectional with intensity 20%, 40%, 60%, 80%,  100%

Red unidirectional

Green omnidirectional

nil

nil

Other Lighting, Secondary Power Supply

1.

ABN/IBN location, characteristics and hours of operation

ABN: Over new water tank Altn FLG W G EV 5 Sec (Hours: HN and IMC)

2.

LDI location and LGT

Anemometer location and LGT

Nil
Anemometer end of RWY 05/23, windsocks end of RWY 05/23. LGT.

3.

TWY edge and centre line lighting

Edge: Blue edge lgts for all TWYs
Centre Line: Nil

4.

Secondary Power Supply/ Switchover time

During main power supply failure, Automatic standby generator power supply available within 11 seconds. Kerosene flares availabl.

5.

Remarks

APRON LIGTHS: available

ATS Airspace

Designation

Chattogram Control Zone

1.

Lateral limits

A circle of 25 NM radius central on Chattogram VOR (221527.85N 0914938.93E).

2.

Vertical limits

FL 145 AGL

3.

Airspace

C

4.

ATS unit call sign/ Language

Chattogram Tower/ English

5.

Transition altitude

4000 ft

Designation

Air Traffic Zone (ATZ)

1.

Lateral limits

ATZ is oval shaped area joining outer tangents of 5 NM (9 km) radius circles centered at the runway centre and both ends of runway

2.

Vertical limits

4000 ft ALT

3.

Airspace

C

4.

ATS unit call sign/ Language

Chattogram Tower/ English

5.

Transition altitude

4000 ft

ATS Communication Facilities

Service designator

Call sign

Frequency

Hours of operation

Remarks

Aerodrome and Approach Control (Non-Radar)

Chattogram Tower

118.7 MHz

HO*

Emergency frequency 121.5 MHz; EM: A3

Surface Control Movement (SMC)

Chattogram Tower

112.8 MHz

HO

EM: A3

DATIS

Chattogram Information

127.6 MHz

HO


*HO: Service available to meet operational requirements

Radio Navigation and Landing Aids

Type

Ident

Freq

OpHr

Coordinates

Remarks

DVOR

CTG

113.4 MHz

H24

221527.85N
0914938.93E

373m from THR RWY23.  EM:A2

DME
(En-Route)


1168 MHz

H24

221527.85N
0914938.93E

Collocated with DVOR, Elev of Antenna 45ft AMSL, EM:P9

NDB

EG

287 kHz

H24

221504.61N
0914904.53E

2205m fm THR RWY23, EM:A0/A2

ILS/LLZ

ICG

110.5 MHz

HO


144 deg MAG, 550m FM THR RWY 32, EM:A2

ILS/GP


332.6 MHz

HO


Slope: 3 deg, 130 m off-set East, 300 m inward fm RWY 14, RDH 51.57 ft, EM:A3

TDME


1003 MHz

HO


Collocated with GP

MM


75 MHz

HO


049 deg MAG, 905m FM THR RWY 23

HO: Service available to meet operational requirements


Airfield Details

Customs

Yes

JET A-1 fuel

Yes

Immigration

Yes

AVGAS 100

Yes

Terminal Building

Yes

Single Point Refueling

Yes

Passenger Terminal

Yes

Air Starter Units

Yes

Cargo terminal

No

Ground Power (mobile)

Yes

Pax transport to airfield

No

Crash Crew

Yes

Control Tower

Yes

Aircraft Support Services

Yes

Weather Facilities

Yes

Latrine Servicing

Yes

Catering Services

No

Fire Fighting

Yes

Base Operating Room

No

Fire Fighting Category (ICAO)

Category: VII

Airport Radar

No

Fire Fighting Equipment

Yes

NDB

Yes 

De-icing Equipment

No

VOR

Yes

IFR Procedures

Yes

ILS

Yes

Runway Lights

Yes

Approach Lights

Yes 

Parking Ramp Lighting

Yes

 

Other information for passengers

First Aid

For sick or injured passengers first aid crews from CAAB provide free of cost treatment during watch hours.

Banking System

Banking facility for foreign currency exchange booth is available in the international terminal building.

Duty Free Shop

Private and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation are operating duty free shop for the passenger(s).

Hotel Booking

Hotel booking booth is available for the passenger(s) for hotel booking.

Pure Drinking Water

Pure drinking water is available for the passenger(s).

Prayer Room

Prayer room is available for the passenger(s)

CCTV Camera

Close circuit camera for the security of the passenger (s).

Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available for the passenger(s).

FIDS

Flight Information Display System is available for the passenger/visitor to know the arrival and departure time of the flights

Luggage Wrapping

Luggage wrapping facility is available for the passengers to pack their luggage.

 

Helicopter Pad

The Airport is also used by military aircraft for their normal operations and training purpose. They use Also helicopters beside other aircraft. In time of emergency this airport can very well be used for any types of helicopters. There is enough facilities for operating number of helicopters in any emergency situation.

 

Airport Performance (last 5 years)

Year

Cargo Handled (MT)

Aircraft Movements (000)

Passenger Handled (in Lac)

Export

Import

Domestic

International

2018

2281.72

5636.35

14238

7754

16.93

2017

2991.35

3270.22

13523

8034

15.27

2016

3741.13

2439.71

14599

6736

12.51

2015

2652.07

10,680.24

12557

6677

11.71

2014

1553.29

13,760.75

10999

6087

10.66

 

Disaster Scenarios at the Airport

Cyclones

  • Occur annually but with various strength.
  • In 1991 a cat 5 cyclone struck Chattogram resulting in 138,000 deaths and $1.7BN of damage.
  • Airport infrastructure is modern and built from heavy set concrete. Risk of damage to glass fittings, parked aircraft, NAV AIDS failure, warehouse flooding and extensive debris on runway.

Earthquakes

  • Occur frequently but very rarely about 5.0 on the Richter scale.
  • Large earthquake struck Chattogram in 1997 with 6.1 magnitude with 23 deaths.
  • Potential damage to runway / apron surfaces may occur due to severe earthquakes. No tall buildings in the area except ATC tower (approx 90ft).

Flooding

  • Rare event in Chattogram however the area is prone to occasional flooding due to low elevation and proximity to the sea / rivers.
  • In 1991 and 2007 a serious flood hit the northern part of Bangladesh but the Chattogram area was badly affected.
  • Flooding could potentially submerge the runway due to low elevation (12 ft)

 

Airport Customs

  • There is a good setup of Customs authority to take care of the Export/Import formalities through this airport.
  • They are fully automated with their universal ASYCUDA World.
  • Waivers can / will be issued by the central government via NDMA.
  • Large customs area exists within the terminal building.
  • Customs officers available 24 hours.
  • Sufficient customs staff available for 24 hour operations, however, additional customs staff can be drafted in from the nearby port authority.
  • The customs process and policies are under the jurisdiction of the Board of Revenue, not the Civil Aviation Authority.

Contact: Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Tel: +88 31 800 423

 

Immigration

  • Immigration officers available 24 hours a day.
  • An emergency immigration procedure exists in the national disaster plan which allows for speedy processing of foreign aid workers. This plan will be enforced at the request of the NDMA.
  • Sufficient immigration officials are present to perform 24 hour operations, however, if required, additional immigration staff can be drafted from the nearby port authority.

Contacts: Assistant Police Commissioner (Immigration), Phone: +88 171 337 3272

 

Cargo Handling Procedure and Storage Facilities

Cargo Handling

Biman Bangladesh Airlines is the authorised and responsible agent for handling all Cargo in regard to SAIA. As the airport is not hanlding huge cargo at the moment their arrangements for such operation is also at medium scale. Some times some private operators are also authorised and issued licence by CAAB to operate the cargo and other GSE matters in specific cases. How ever for conducting the present operations smoothly BB has following GSE equipment is place.


GSE Equipment

Equipment TypeQty
Towing Tractor08
Push Cart02
Start Cart02
Ground Power Unit03
Container Pallet Loader (Can’t load at height of Double Decker)03
Flash Cart02
Water Cart02
AC Van (unserviceable)01
Passenger Step04
Forklift02
Belt Loader05
Ramp Coach02
Catering High Loader01
Tow Bar05
Forklift01

 

Storage Facilities

Warehouse: Though there is no Cargo Village as such like Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, but this airport has workable facilities. They have 2 warehouses connected to the aircraft apron by tarmac road. One concrete floor space of 2700 m² capable of accommodating 100 MT of freight which is divided into 9 caged areas of various sizes. All scanned cargo is stored in this warehouse from where cargo is delivered on completion of all necessary formalities. The newly built cargo shed is of approx. 3000 m2 capable of accommodating 150 MT freight. This shed is still underutilized. Cargo received from Aircraft are stored here primarily and later shifted to the delivery warehouse for necessary checking and completion of formalities. Landside loading / offloading area providing capacity to park 36 trucks simultaneously.

Cargo operations are owned and controlled by Bangladesh Biman. May be mentioned that Catering facility is available within the landside truck parking area.

Cold Chain: Two large cold storage rooms (12’x10’ and 12’x11’) are in operation which can be accessed from the inside of the warehouse. They maintain temperature between -40 to 100 C to be used as Cold chain for preserving medicine and special items.

Airside loading area, partially covered, providing capability to load / offload 12 trucks simultaneously.


Temporary Warehousing Arrangements

  • Though 2 Permanent Cargo warehouse are available, but in time of crisis there is ample opportunity to make temporary arrangements for storing cargo at the airport premise and nearby places.
  • The GSE storage and maintenance facility could be made available within 1-2hours for storage and breakdown of air cargo. Approximate size is 800m² hard covered area plus an additional 1600m² of open concrete hard standing. GSE area is accessible by one airside / landside gate and tarmac road to apron.
  • A large Red Cross warehouse is available within 1km of the airport facility and can be utilized during disaster relief operations.
  • A large factory warehouse is available within 1km of the airport facility and can be utilized during disaster relief operations.
  • Warehousing options exists at both the BAF and Naval military installations within 2km of the airport (BAF located on airport site).
  • Lot of open space available on the eitherside of warehouses which can be used for cargo storage errecting temporary sheds (open concrete space, usually used for truck operations).
  • Office space is available within the GSE building to facilitate distribution administration activity.
Despite Ltd warehouse capacity on the airport site, a number of larger warehousing options exist close to the airport facility. This gives Chattogram airport greater flexibility in terms of cargo accommodation and relief aid distribution.

 

Development Projects

Future Development Works:

  • Construction of parallel taxiway
  • Extension of existing runway.
  • Construction of two Boarding Bridge
  • Construction of Cargo Warehouse.

 

Fuelling Arrangements

Padma Oil Company under the supervision of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) is solely responsible for providing fuel to all kinds of Aircraft at Shah Aamanat International Airport. Arrangements are there to support a full fledget International Airport. The depot is co-located within Half a Km of the airport. Few salient features of this Aviation fuel provider are below:

Sl

Description

Arrangement

1

Type of Fuel

Jet A1 and Avgas

2

Tanks with Capacity

3 Tanks (each 4,22,500 Ltr capacity)

3

Requisition for Fuel

Written requisition with Payment be placed in advance, if prior contaract is not signed.

4

Hydrant lines

The whole airport area is covered under the fuel Hydrant network. At present points are being used and 10 new Hydrant points are being installed.

5

Fueling arrangement

Normally Fueling is done by following refuellers:

  • 3X Dispenser
  • 1X Refueller-19,000 ltrs
  • 1X Refueller- 18,500 ltrs
  • 1X Refueller- 18,000 Ltrs
  • 6x Tank lorry (each 20,000 Ltrs capacity)

6

Filters

Total-6 (2 for receiving, 2 for Loading and 2 for Hydrants)

7

Consumption/Capacity

Daily approx 210-215 MT/ Capacity 5 Lac Ltrs daily

8

Price of Jet A1

BDT 75/00 and $ 0.72 per ltr

9

AVGAS

Normally 30-35 Barrels are kept in reserve against monthly consumption of 15-20 Barrels Monthly

10

Manpower

Manager-1, Asst Manager-2, Officers-5, Other staff-19, Casual-12, Ansar-6

Contact Details

Depot Manager Cell: 01777703403 & Duty Officer Cell: 01777703309

 

Security Arrangements

  • A large security presence exists on the airport with a significant number of airport security personnel.
  • Security personnel are under the control of the airport manager.
  • A dedicated police station exists within 1km of the airport.
  • All access points are guarded by security personnel.
  • Due to proximity of BAF military instillation, a large military presence can be drafted in to support policing if required.
  • Temporary passes can be issued to airside workers within 30 minutes upon the directive of the NDMA.
  • X-Ray screening for both passengers and cargo is in use.

Contact: Airport Security Officer, Phone: +88 312 500 941 ext. 212 / 270


For information on Bangladesh Shah Amanat International Airport contact details, please see the following link: 

4.5 Bangladesh Airport Contact List

Information on some aviation service providers can be found at: AZ Freight information on Bangladesh