The under-construction New Islamabad International Airport will become operational from August next year, providing the passengers with all modern facilities available at international airports around the world.
At a meeting to review the project, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was informed that almost 82 percent of the work has been completed and efforts are being made to complete the project within the allocated financial resources.
Currently, decades-old Rawalpindi airport is being used for international travelers and has no facilities that can match the international standards. The construction of airport began during the previous government.
The project is divided into three main packages of Airside, Passenger Terminal as well as Landside. Work is being carried out simultaneously on the peripheral facilities including link roads, water facilities, provision of natural gas, electricity as well as commuting facilities for the New Islamabad International Airport.
The Prime Minister hoped that the New Islamabad International Airport will be an icon of professional excellence. He directed to ensure that all the international standards are strictly followed while executing the project. “I am sure that the New Islamabad International Airport will be a regional hub of air passengers and travelers.” He also issued instructions that Islamabad/Rawalpindi Metro be connected to the new airport to facilitate the community.
Pakistani aviation authorities are also upgrading Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore. New art designs proposed for the extension are a blend of the Spanish and Mughal architecture having modern touch. The Prime Minister asked the authorities to begin the extension work as soon as possible.