The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Tuesday refuted media reports pertaining to rainwater entering the passenger terminal at the newly-built Islamabad International Airport.
“This is to clarify that no rainwater entered in lounges inside the Passenger Terminal Building last night or early morning today (Tuesday) and all operations are completely normal at IIAP,” a CAA spokesperson said in a statement.
“However, due to heavy thunderstorm last night, small amount of rainwater entered in the concourse hall only which is an open area at level 2 where meeters greeters visit to welcome and see off the passengers,” the spokesperson added.
“The airport management of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) took immediate measures and mobilised janitorial staff to clear the affected area outside the Passenger Terminal Building within few minutes,” the press release concluded.
Meanwhile, all operations remained normal and passengers faced no problem in this regard, said the CAA spokesperson, adding that the authority is ‘devotedly’ providing best in class services and facilities to all passengers.
This not the first instance of flooding at the new terminal building as similar clarifications were issued in June after videos of the incident went viral on social media.
Referring to a similar video showing rainwater flooding basement floor of an under construction aviation building almost 700 metres from the terminal building with ‘no operational significance’, the airport administration had said, “drainage process was immediately started by the contractor and further instructed by CAA management to take preventive measures for upcoming monsoon season to avoid any unpleasant situation.”