Islamabad airport to be completed by year-end, Senate told

Published: May 11, 2016
Officials say airport will start its operations from  July 30, 2017. PHOTO: FILE

Officials say airport will start its operations from July 30, 2017. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The New Islamabad International Airport Project would be completed by December 25 this year, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) informed Senate’s Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, Tuesday.

The committee, which met here at the old PIPS Office was chaired by Senator Talha Mehmood and attended by members, Shahi Syed, Hidayatullah, Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini, Najma Hameed, Kalsoom Parveen, Rahila Magsi, Haji Saifullah Khan Bangash and Osman Saifullah Khan.

New Islamabad airport embroiled in problems

The committee was informed that the new airport operationalisation process would take further six to eight months.

The officials said that the airport would start its operations from July 30, 2017.

The committee said that further extension would not be given without prior approval of the committee.

The officials further said that the land acquisition process of Ramma Dam was completed; adding the acquired land for the dam was handed over to the contractor on March 16.

No end in sight for new Islamabad airport

The officials said that the land acquisition for Kassana Dam had also started.

The committee recommended to the CAA to increase the number of flights to Northern Areas.

The committee also directed the CAA to take strict action against the corrupt officials of the PIA selling tickets in black at Gilgit-Baltistan Airport.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2016.


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Reader Comments (5)

  • Haji Atiya
    May 11, 2016 - 9:30AM

    And yet another empty promise of something to be completed, something to be achieved ! But to give it an air of urgency and import, a well known date is picked from the air to add a dose of credibility….go figure.Recommend

  • Rumormonger
    May 11, 2016 - 10:09AM

    Have to put the Airport into operation by end of 2016. Will leave a whole year to give construction permits to the cronies who have land along the route to the airport. Its an election issue man.Recommend

  • May 11, 2016 - 11:37AM

    Pakistan is not a poor country it is poorly managed country.Recommend

  • Mk
    May 11, 2016 - 1:33PM

    It will not be completed by year end! hope the senate is smarter than this!Recommend

    May 11, 2016 - 3:45PM

    Two planes can’t land on the two runways simultaneously……….at Islamabad airport……as the two runways have been built too close to one another…….I am an optimist but if you check the reality of the situation my country appears to be looking to fall in an abyss of loot and plunder……May Allah guide us all….. Recommend

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