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PM calls for state-of-the-art facilities at new Islamabad airport

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to provide complete and state-of-the-art-facilities to passengers at the new International Islamabad Airport. 

He said this while visiting various sections of the newly-constructed airport.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Aviation, Sardar Mehtab and other senior officials briefed the premier on operational preparedness and facilities for passengers at the airport.

He was informed that the new airport has been completed at an estimated cost of 85 billion rupees, which has two runways and will be capable of handling 9 million passengers every year with 90 operational immigration counters.

The airport will be officially inaugurated on April 20 for both regular domestic and international flights.

On April 07, the first mock flight of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) safely touched down at the new Islamabad International Airport.

Located at 30km from Islamabad the construction on the new airport was started in April 2007.

The “Y” shaped new airport spreads over 19 square kilometers with 15 jetties (passenger boarding bridges), including facilities to accommodate two double-deck A380, the world’s largest airplane, 15 remote bays and seven remote bays for small aircraft such as ATRs. It will be the biggest international airport in the country in terms of landing and passenger handling facilities. For the 15 bays, the same number of lounges have been built to avoid mixing of passengers. The new airport has two runways each 3.5 km long.

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