Islamabad, Publish Date: May 2 2018
Pakistan’s biggest and first greenfield airport here was today inaugurated by Prime Minister ShahidKhaqanAbbasi after years of delay.
The Islamabad International Airport, costing more than Rs 100 billion, became operational after first commercial flight, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) PK-300, landed from Karachi.
PIA spokesman MashoodTajwar confirmed that the national flag carrier safely landed at the airport.
“Another PIA plane will be the first flight to depart from the airport when PK-301 commercial flight will take off for Karachi at around 12.30pm,” he said earlier. “The New Islamabad International Airport spans over an area of 4,238 acres of land, and it is the first greenfield airport in the country. The airport is equipped with the latest technology and best services for the passengers,” Pakistan’s press information department tweeted.
It is capable of serving nine million passengers and 50,000 metric tonne of cargo every year in its first phase, while the modular design enables expansion to serve up to 25 million passengers every year by 2025.
The plan to construct a new airport in Islamabad had been conceived just under 40 years ago in 1980 but work on the international-standard greenfield airport hit a number of snags and delays over the years. ( PTI )