Dhaka, formerly Dacca, is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. It is located in the geographic center of the country in the great deltaic region of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. Dhaka is served by the port of Narayanganj, located 16 km (10 mi) to the southeast. The city is within the monsoon climate zone, with an annual average temperature of 25 deg C (77 deg F) and monthly means varying between 18 deg C (64 deg F) in January and 29 deg C (84 deg F) in August. Nearly 80% of the annual average rainfall of 1,854 mm (73 in) occurs between May and September.
Dhaka is located in one of the world's leading rice- and jute-growing regions. Its industries include textiles (jute, muslin, cotton) and food processing, especially rice milling. A variety of other consumer goods are also manufactured here. The Muslim influence is reflected in the more than 700 mosques and historic buildings found throughout the city. Dhaka is divided into an old city and the new city, and many residential and industrial communities.
Dhaka was founded during the 10th century. It served as the Mogul capital of Bengal from 1608 to 1704 and was a trading center for British, French, and Dutch interests before coming under British rule in 1765. In 1905 it was again named the capital of Bengal, and in 1956 it became the capital of East Pakistan. The city suffered heavy damage during the Bangladesh war of independence (1971). The romanized spelling of the Bengali name was changed from Dacca to Dhaka in 1982.
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Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (IATA: DAC, ICAO: VGHS) 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.
|Air Arabia||Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah|
|Air India||Delhi, Kolkata|
|Biman Bangladesh Airlines||Abu Dhabi, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Barisal (resumes 6 April 2015), Chittagong, Cox's Bazar (resumes 6 April 2015), Dammam, Delhi, Doha, Dubai-International, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Jessore (resumes 6 April 2015), Kathmandu, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, London-Heathrow, Muscat, Rajshahi (resumes 6 April 2015), Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino (ends 6 April 2015), Saidpur (resumes 6 April 2015), Singapore, Sylhet, Yangon|
|China Eastern Airlines||Kunming|
|China Southern Airlines||Guangzhou|
|Druk Air||Paro, Kolkata, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi|
|Etihad Airways||Abu Dhabi|
|Jet Airways||Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai|
|Malaysia Airlines||Kuala Lumpur|
|Malindo Air||Kuala Lumpur|
|Novoair||Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Jessore, Sylhet|
|Oman Air||Muscat (begins 1 August 2015)|
|Pakistan International Airlines||Karachi|
|Regent Airways||Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore|
|Saudia||Dammam, Jeddah, Medina, Karachi, Riyadh|
|Thai Airways International||Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi|
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