New airport to first greenfield airport

KARACHI: Pakistan is geographically located in an area which is among the busiest in terms of air traffic flow from East to West and West to East. This places Pakistan in an ideal position to capitalize from our geographical position by offering services and incentives to increase business generation opportunities at our major hubs. Pakistan is a major hub on the world’s air routes. Our airports offer tremendous opportunities for the country to achieve growth and contribute to the national economy.

The location of new airport project called New Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad (NBBIAP) is at a distance of 28 KMs from zero point (Approximately 40 KMs from the existing Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIAP) and would be connected through a network of highway and motorway.

The new airport would be the first Greenfield airport of Pakistan with state of the art facilities having the capabilities to handle 6.5 million passengers traffic annually, which can be increased to the ultimate capacity to handle 25 million passengers per annum.

This New Benazir Bhutto International Airport will be capable of handling A-380 operation with modular facilities for both domestic and international passenger and 100,000 metric ton cargo to 25 million passengers and 150,000 metric ton cargo respectively, at par with international standards and shall serve as a major hub for all aviation activities in a region.

Air Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Yousaf, took over the charge of the post of Director General, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority on 5th November, 2013. After assuming the charge, he showed keen interest towards expeditious completion of the NBBIAP Project and visited the project site on November 18th, 2013. Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Riazul Haq Chief Operations Transitions Advisor NBBIAP was also present during the briefing.

The DG CAA was briefed by the CAA Chief Security Officer about the security apparatus at NBBIAP and the security measures taken in this regard at the site. The DG CAA expressed general satisfaction over the security measures and also gave his expert observations to further beef up the security level and directed to leave no stone unturned to make security arrangements worthy of purpose at this mega project. The DG CAA was also apprised about the completion timelines presently being pursued. He directed that effective monitoring of the project be ensured to precisely meet the completion targets. The Project Director informed the DG CAA that the current overall physical progress at NBBIAP was at 69 %. The physical progress of Passenger Terminal Building is at 67 %. Overall Physical progress of NBBIAP Project, excluding the terminal building, is at 84 %.

The Project Director also apprised the DG CAA regarding the impediments presently being faced at NBBIAP. The major problem is the non-availability of a dedicated access road, water supply and electric power supply to the project. It was submitted that these peripheral facilities are most essential to make the NBBIAP fully operational.

Post briefing, a detailed site visit was conducted by the DG CAA to physically inspect the pace of work at NBBIAP. The DG CAA inspected terminal building, runways, apron, Air Traffic Control Tower and water filtration plant besides other installations. He appreciated the efforts being done by the Project team and directed to ensure expeditious completion of the project by adhering to the approved standards of quality and transparency.

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