Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (Hojrot Shahjalal Antorjatik Bimanbondor ) (IATA: DAC, ICAO: VGHS), formerly Zia International Airport and Dacca International Airport, is the largest airport in Bangladesh. Operated and maintained by the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh, it is also used by the Bangladesh Air Force. Located in Kurmitola in northern Dhaka, it started operations in 1980, taking over as the country's sole international airport from Tejgaon Airport. It is the hub of all Bangladeshi airlines, including Biman Bangladesh Airlines, United Airways, Regent Airways, Novoair and US-Bangla Airlines. The airport's IATA code – "DAC" is derived from "Dacca", the previously used spelling for "Dhaka".
The airport has an area of 1,981 acres (802 ha). The airport has a capacity of handling 8 million passengers annually, and is predicted by the CAAB to be enough until 2026. In 2012, it handled 5.6 million passengers, and 214,000 tonnes of cargo. As of September 2014, 29 passenger airlines connect 38 cities, both domestic and international. Average aircraft movement per day is around 190 flights.
National flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines is the ground handling provider of the airport. Biman flies from the airport internationally to 19 cities in Europe and Asia.
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