The first aircraft landing on new Benazir Bhutto international airport

1. The work on New Benazir Bhutto International Airport (NBBIA) is progressing at full swing. Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority is celebrating its first success in this Mega National Project, when a plane carrying the Defence Minister of Pakistan, The Honourable Ch. Ahmad Mukhtar landed at the newly completed runway.

Also present on the occasion were Additional Secretary Ministry of Defence, Dy DGCAA and joint Secretary Aviation Ministry of Defence. A beaming Director General, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority, Air Marshal (R) Khalid Chaudhary received the honoured guests. The event will go down in the history as the first dignitaries to land at this precious National Project.

2. The honoured guests were shown the various facilities under construction at the site. The hustle and bustle of construction activities was visible all around. A new township was seen to be sprouting out of scenic Potohar landscape. The majestic Murat hill was visible clearly from the site.

3. The new airport site is located on 3,200 acres of land at Pind Ranjha near Fateh Jang; some 25 km from Zero-Point, Islamabad and 23 km from Saddar, Rawalpindi. This will involve a driving time of 30 minutes from the twin cities.

4. The airport is being developed as a state-of-the-art facility at par with international standards to serve as a major hub for all aviation activities in the region. The new Airport facility, which is the first Green Field airport in Pakistan, shall comprise of a contemporary state-of-the-art passenger terminal building, control tower, runway with a provision of a secondary / emergency runway, fast exit taxiways, aprons and a cargo complex together with all the necessary infrastructure and ancillary facilities.

5. The NBBIA would cater the requirements of the latest generation of modern passenger aircraft including the A380. The NBBIA has a modular design to handle 6.5 million passengers per annum and 100,000 metric tonnes cargo per annum.

Being a new airport, a significant portion of the land has been earmarked for commercial purposes such as duty-free shops, hotels and convention centers, air malls, business centers, food courts, leisure and recreational facilities etc.

6. The new airport is envisaged to be a modern landmark structure symbolic of the emerging modern twenty-first century airports. It will be the diplomatic and business gateway to Pakistan connecting the scenic city of Islamabad.

7. In line with master plan for current development, the development of BBIAP Project is planned in three broad phases i.e. Phase-1: Airside Infrastructure, Phase-2: Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) and Phase-3: Landside Infrastructure.

8. The work on all the phases is in full swing. The work on runways and taxiways, stands completed, while the rest of the airside infrastructure will be completed by October, 2012. The Civil Aviation Authority is working at fast pace to complete the remaining infrastructure in time.

9. It was indeed a major day for Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority and an honour, that on completion of the airside infrastructure, the honourable Federal Minister of Defence, Ch. Ahmad Mukhtar graced the prestigious Mega National Project, by being the first dignitary to land on the new runway.

For more information, contact:
Pervez George
Public Relations Manager
Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
Jinnah International Airport
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: 99248770 – 99072026
Fax: 99248445
Cell: 0301-8258529