The Barisal Airport is an airport located in the southern city of Barisal in Bangladesh. It is a public type airport operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, and is situated near the Rahamatpur area of Babuganj Upazila. The airport mainly serves the people of the southern Bangladesh region, connecting the city to other areas in Bangladesh, particularly in Dhaka. Previously, the airport is served by airlines such as Biman Bangladesh Airlines, GMG Airlines, Royal Bengal Airlines, and United Airways, although currently, the airport is inactive and is without flights. The airport have served 158,987 passengers between 1995-2009, through over 20,000 flights (collective passenger service, training service, cargo, and other general aviation flights), and saw the highest peak rates in 1999 (highest recorded number of passengers in the airport) and 2000 (highest number of flights).
In 2007, the airport played a significant role during the relief operation in the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr, virtually saving thousands of lives. International relief such as drinking water, rice, blankets, and other necessities were sent to the affected population with the help of the airport.
The airport has a single terminal that had handled previous commercial services. The airport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh is positive that the Barisal Airport will regain commercial airline service in the years to come, which will then re-connect Barisal and its peoples to major cities in Bangladesh via air.
Services and Facilities
Previously, the airport has an active terminal capable of handling both arrivals and departures, as well as a runway measuring 5,995 feet, although currently, the facilities are inactive and are of no use since there are no scheduled services and commercial airlines running in the airport.