‘Rs399m spent on renovation, expansion of Islamabad airport’



The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has spent Rs399 million on the renovation and expansion of the Benazir International Airport (BBIA) Islamabad.

The departure area has been upgraded. Latest security equipment has been installed and additional check-in counters have been built.

Airport Manager Muhammad Ayaz Jadoon told this agency that the work was completed over five months to facilitate international and domestic passengers.

He said more than 18 international and domestic airlines have been operating from this airport which serves over four million passengers, each year.

“The expansion and renovation of the facilities has been done, keeping the increasing number of passengers in mind,” he said.

The airport manager said a separate parking lot has been created for the airport staff to reduce the congestion in the main parking area.

“Following renovation, the parking lot can now accommodate an additional 200 cars,” he said.

A car park has been constructed near the Nur Khan Base road which will accommodate 300 cars and 300 motorcycles of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and airline staff, he said.

Mr Jadoon further said that the construction of a taxi-way at the airport has helped reduce fuel consumption of airplanes. He said flight staggering technique has been used to accommodate more aircraft.

The airport has launched a new website to provide better facilities and information to passengers, he added.

“The website provides flight information, weather reports and news about access roads to the airport,” he said.

Mr Jadoon said that users are encouraged to send feedback and comments which would help improve the website.