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CAA installs night landing system at Gwadar airport

Authority issues directives to airlines, aviation companies, saying overnight parking at airport will not be allowed

By Tariq Abul Hasan
May 28, 2023
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) building. — Facebook/File
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) building. — Facebook/File 

KARACHI: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Sunday said that it launched a landing operation for flights at night at the Gwadar International Airport. 

Issuing directives to airlines and aviation companies, the authority said that overnight parking at the Gwadar airport will not be allowed. 

"Only military aircraft and those belonging to the Balochistan government will be allowed to park at night at the Gwadar International Airport," it said.

The country’s largest airport — New Gwadar International Airport — is located in Gurandani, which is 26km east of Gwadar city. It is the first airport in Balochistan that has allowed night landings.

The airport welcomes local and international flights to the port city.

The project was financed through the Chinese government's grant under the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, and its cost was estimated at $230 million. 

According to the CPEC website, the airport's construction created 3,000 jobs. The groundbreaking ceremony of the airport was held on March 29, 2019, by then-prime minister Imran Khan.

Implementation of the project was handed over to the Aviation Division.

Meanwhile, its construction work began on October 31, 2019. As per the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor website, the expected completion date of the project was March 2023.

"Construction of New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA), along with allied facilities for a new airport that will be capable of handling a combination of ATR 72, Airbus, (A-300), Boeing (B-737), and Boeing (B-747) for domestic as well international routes," the web portal mentions regarding the much-anticipated facility.