ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was informed on Monday that after coming March, the new Islamabad airport will undergo extensive testing to conform to international standards and would be ready for operations by July 2017.
The Aviation Division Secretary told a high level meeting, chaired by the premier, which reviewed the progress of the new airport and its allied infrastructure, that ninety-five percent work on the airport terminal building has been completed, said an official statement.
The new airport will have a capacity of handling 4,500 passengers at a time with 15 docking stations where two A-380 aircrafts would be able to dock simultaneously.
The premier was updated that the new facility will have state-of-the-art facilities including cargo handling, safety and security, passenger facilitation and parking.
He said that infrastructure projects are the backbone of a growing economy and are essential for facilitating masses.
As regards the allied infrastructure for the new airport, the National Highway Authority (NHA) Chairman said that the new airport is being provided main road access from both Motorways M-1 and M-2 and also from main Grand Truck Road.
The airport will also have access from Islamabad Metro that the premier will inaugurate on 14th August, 2017 along with the new airport.
Sharif directed that no compromise should be made on the quality of work for the airport facilities, access roads and the Metro Bus link as it would be a sign on Pakistan’s progress for the eyes of foreigners visiting Pakistan.
He was informed that work on the new terminal at Allama Iqbal International airport will be started in March 2017.