Cargo Service From New Islamabad Airport to Begin by End-February

The new airport is likely to be completed by 2013 at a revised cost of Rs 37 billion

All-out efforts are being made to start cargo service from New Benazir Bhutto International Airport (NBBIA) by the end of February 2013. All the concerned departments are working round the clock to complete road-connectivity work, provision of electricity and water before the scheduled time as per Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

As for start of commercial flights from the Airport, the airport would be ready for this purpose in next two years. According to the sources, the project was announced in January 2005 with an estimated cost of US $300 million and construction began in April 2007, when funding became available. Located in Fateh Jang Tehsil of Attock District some 30km south-west of the Federal Capital, the new airport is likely to be completed by 2013 at a revised cost of Rs 37 billion.

The new airport will replace the existing one, Benazir Bhutto International Airport located in Chaklala. At present, the Benazir Bhutto International Airport is handling 18 airlines, most of the international commercial flights are operated at morning time which causes rush and delays. The new airport spread over 3,600-acre would not only serve the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi but also the adjoining provinces of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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