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DHAKA ZIA INTL AIRPORT review : 10 June 2009 : by R Brook

Arrival - immigration reasonably efficient with average queuing time (10 - 15 minutes for an Airbus 330 load). Baggage return slow - about 30 minutes. Taxi area outside the terminal is chaotic; lots of taxi touts. They need to sort that out. Thankfully we were being met. Departure is good. Drop off is no problem. X-ray screening of all bags is done upon entry to the terminal and hand baggage again at the gate. I can imagine huge queues at peak time, but we avoided that. We were early for our Qatar Airways check in so did not experience any queues. Once through Immigration (very quick, no waiting), there is free internet (4 terminals, 30 minutes limit) and up the stairs there's a small cafe with reasonably priced (by airport standards) food (limited range, Bangladeshi food only), if you don't mind the sales pitch to buy local confections! We paid in Taka, so no idea if they take foreign currency. Duty free shops are cheap & OK and accept foreign currency. Seating is adequate. There isn't much else to do, so bring a good book. The terminal, including the toilets, is clean. We were there on what looked like quiet days, so can't advise on what it's like at peak times. Overall rather better than I expected