New Islamabad Airport will be functional by 2016


Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited the site of new Islamabad Airport on Thursday. According to media reports the Director General Civil Aviation Authority Muhammad Yousaf briefed the Prime Minister that the project will be functional for national and international flights by October 2016.

He said seventy percent work on the project has so far been completed costing seventy billion rupees. He said it will be the country’s biggest airport, which on initial basis facilitate nine million passengers annually with ninety check-in counters.

Muhammad Yousuf said two runways are under construction in first phase, while in second phase, third runway will also be constructed.

He said the airport will also have cargo facility. Nawaz Sharif thoroughly examined the construction work and directed to follow best international civil engineering practices. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Federal Ministers Ahsan Iqbal, Pervaiz Rashid, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Special Assistant Shujaat Azeem and Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt.

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