Pakistan’s PM inaugurates Islamabad’s new airport

Over $865 million Y-shaped airport is set to be the largest airport in the country, designed to facilitate 15 million passengers annually in the first phase, which will increase to 25 million after its expansion

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Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on May 1 inaugurated the much-awaited Islamabad International Airport. The cost of this airport is more than Rs100 billion, or US$865 million, and its construction started in April 2007.

The Y-shaped airport is located 20 kilometres from Zero Point Islamabad and over 25km from Saddar, Rawalpindi, and is set to be the largest airport in the country, designed to facilitate 15 million passengers annually in the first phase, which will increase to 25m after its expansion.

The first incoming flight (PK-300) of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), headed by Farrukh Mirza and inbound from Karachi also landed at the airport at 11 am.

Speaking at the inauguration, the Prime Minister said that aviation was ‘personally very close to his heart’ and thanked his aviation adviser Mehtab Abbasi and former Civil Aviation Authority chief Air Marshal (retd) Asim Suleman for their efforts in completing the airport.

The Prime Minister also claimed that the incumbent government completes its projects and fulfills its promises to the people.

Complete operation flights will start from the 3rd of May. The opening of the airport was supposed to be held earlier on April 20 but because of some technical malfunctions and security issues it was delayed.

It has 15 boarding bridges, two runways, three taxiways beside with two double-deck A380 and seven remote bays for small aircraft.

An oil depot, air traffic control, rescue services and cargo terminal, are also part of the new facility. Moreover, the airport has two runways each with a length of 3 kilometers. -abdulbasit@theuaenews.com