DHAKA, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh is contemplating to construct a mega international airport on the outskirts of capital Dhaka, as part of its efforts to have a new international airport, a Planning Ministry official told Xinhua Thursday.
Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said the government will construct a new airport, which is to be the largest in South Asia, on the west bank of Padma River where wide-bodied aircraft equivalent to Airbus A380 could land and take off.
"We're keen to construct the airport so that it can function as one of the key airports of the South Asia region," he said.
No further details were available about the project which is still under planning stage.
Bangladesh has been making many mega infrastructure projects centering the largest Padma bridge. The 25-meter-wide and 10-km-long bridge is being built over Padma River, one of the three major rivers in Bangladesh.