PM inaugurates 'greenfield' airport in Sialkot

Lauds private sector for its funding and persistence in completing the project


Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi unveiling the plaque during the inauguration ceremony of the international terminal and Sialkot Airport. PHOTO: SABAH

SIALKOT: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated on Monday the international terminal of Sialkot Airport, terming it the "first successful greenfield airport" in the world.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, the Prime Minister said unlike other unsuccessful greenfield airports in the world, the Sialkot International Airport was continuously being expanded with favourable outcomes.

Abbasi said the opening of the international terminal would prove to be a significant milestone not only for the city, but for the entire country.

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A greenfield airport is a new airport constructed at an undeveloped site in contrast to the brownfield project where already operational infrastructure is modified or upgraded.

The premier lauded the funding and patience of the business community of Sialkot for ensuring the completion of the project. He mentioned that the businessmen of Faisalabad also showed keen interest in establishment of a similar airport in their locality, to which he assured them full support of the government.

Abbasi also expressed satisfaction over the completion of several development projects in Sialkot and adjoining areas. He said that the National Highway Authority is completing projects worth Rs200 billion in the area, further claiming that the current government has solved electricity problems for the next 15 years.

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He said that the government has completed power generation projects of 10,000MW, adding that reduction in rates of electricity and gas was also under consideration. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, PM's Advisor on Aviation Sardar Mahtab Abbasi and businessmen of Sialkot attended the ceremony.

Earlier, the Prime Minister was received by Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif on his arrival in his native city.

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