PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated Wednesday state-of-the art expansion and up-gradation of the Bacha Khan International Airport (BKIA) that would provide quality air travelling facilities to more than 3.5 million passengers per year.
Director Planning and Development CAA, Nadir Shafi appraised the premier about salient features of the project and facilities provided to the passengers at the airport.
He said expansion and up-gradation of the BKIA, originally built in 1927, was a great demand of people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and fulfilled by the PML-N government.
He said Phase-I of BKIA was completed in a short period of two years. In addition to state of the art new terminal, passengers seats, immigration counters, boarding lodges were also increased to facilitate passengers, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister said the government has brought revolution in aviation sector by completing scores of mega airports projects including the BKIA and Islamabad International Airport that would provide quality travelling facilitaties to the passengers.
The airport would easily handle the load of around 3.5 million passengers per year against only 1.5 million before the inauguration of the phase-I.
The overseas Pakistani, especially those belonging to K-P and Fata, would be largely benefited from this gigantic project and they would not need to go to Islamabad and Lahore for air travelling purposes any longer.
Despite facing difficult challenges, the government has not only successfully completed the Islamabad airport but also upgraded and expanded Fisalabad, Multan and Sailkot airports, which reflected the PML-N government’s deep commitment towards strengthening of aviation sector in the country.
He said up-gradation and renovation work at Quetta International Airport has almost been completed and would be inaugurated in a week that would provide quality services to people of Balochistan.
The premier said that expansion work at Lahore International Airport that would also be completed with an estimated cost of $500million very soon.
K-P Governor Engr Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Secretary Aviation Dr Ejaz Munir and high ranking officers of Civil Aviation Authority were also present on the occasion.