1. Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is the main and largest international airport of Bangladesh located at Kurmitola, 17 km from the northern city center of the capital Dhaka. The airport covers an area of 802 hectares (1,981 acres). The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) manages and maintains the airport.
2. It started functioning as the main international airport of the country from Tejgaon Airport in 1980. The airport was known as 'Dhaka International Airport' before being named in honor of Shah Jalal, one of Bangladesh's most revered Sufi saints. The IATA code for the airport "DAC" is derived from "Dacca", an earlier spelling of "Dhaka".
3. Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is the main operational hub of the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Also, it is the operational hub of most of Bangladesh's private airlines, including Air Astra, Novo Air and US-Bangla Airlines. The annual passenger handling capacity of the airport is about 18.5 million, and this passenger handling capacity is predicted by CAAB to be sufficient till 2026. In 2014, the airport handled 9.1 million passengers and 248,000 tons of cargo. At present, around 190 International flights are operated at HSIA every day. Ground handling at the airport is provided by Biman Ground Handling, a wholly owned subsidiary of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
4. The airport has full Wi-Fi internet coverage at all locations and all airport terminals have multiple First Class and Business Class Executive Lounges managed by five star hotels, such as Inter Continental Dhaka; Bangladeshi companies such as Eastern Bank Sky Lounge or Citibank American Express Lounge; As well as local and foreign airlines. Respected passengers traveling on First Class or Business Class air tickets as well as Economy Class passengers are entitled to free lounge access and services on the basis of Priority Pass Card, they have free access to selected lounges.