Islamabad: The New Islamabad International Airport, located in Fatehjang Tehsil of Attock District, some 30km southwest of the federal capital, is expected to be completed and become operational by 2014. A Chinese company and Frontier Works Organization (WFO) are working round the clock to complete construction of passenger terminals buildings before the deadline, official sources said here on Monday.
The new airport will replace the existing one, Benazir Bhutto International Airport located in Chaklala. Talking to APP, an official said that at present, the Benazir Bhutto International Airport is handling 18 airlines, out of which most of the international commercial flights are operated at morning time which causes rush and delays.
He, however, expressed the confidence that the new airport spread over 3,600-acre would not only serve the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi but also the adjoining provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Estimated to cost about $400 million, the new airport facility, which is the first green-field airport in Pakistan, would comprise a contemporary state-of-the-art passenger terminal building, control tower, runway with provision of a secondary runway, taxiways, apron, cargo complex, and hangar together with all the necessary infrastructure and ancillary facilities.
The new airport would cater to the requirements of the latest generation of modern passenger aircraft. He said the new airport would have a modular design to handle 6.5 million passengers per annum and 80,000 metric tonnes cargo per annum.