Shah Jalal International Airport is the largest and main airport in Bangladesh located in Uttara, 11 miles (17 kilometres) from Dhaka city. A relatively new airport, Shah Jalal International was named in honour of Muslim Sufi Shah Jalal.
The airport is a primary air travel gateway into Bangladesh and the hub of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the country's national airline. Its strategic geographical location makes the airport an ideal transfer point for leisure and business passengers travelling around Bangladesh. Over 4 million international and 1 million domestic passengers as well as 150,000 tons of freight and mail exchange use Shah Jalal International Airport (DAC) on an annual basis. The airport is well equipped with terminal buildings, hangers, sophisticated radar, a freight village (warehouse) and other modern equipment for handling aircraft. Biman Bangladesh Airlines operates to almost all major cities of the world. International carriers serving Bangladesh include Aeroflot, British Airways, Emirates, Gulf Air, Indian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Royal Nepal Airlines, Saudi Airways, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways. Regional flight services are managed by Aero Bengal Airlines, Air Parabat, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and GMG Airlines. Regular flights are run between Dhaka and several other main cities. They are economical, and most routes are served at least two or three times a week. Shah Jalal Airport has terminal buildings, hangars, technical areas, a freight village (warehouse), and other modern equipment for handling aircraft. It connects almost all the major cities of the world with Bangladesh. From here, Biman Bangladesh goes to 31 cities on 4 continents.