First Plane To Land At The New Islamabad Airport Tomorrow:
RAWALPINDI: According to the latest news, PIA is ready to operate the first mock flight from the New Islamabad International Airport this Saturday. However, the airport the official inaugural is due on April 20 for regular international and domestic flights. The old Benazir Bhutto International Airport will be transferred to the new airport between April 19 and April 20 during these days.
The New Islamabad International Airport is “Y” shaped and is about 19 square kilometers with 15 jetties (passenger boarding bridges), including facilities to accommodate two double-deck A380, the world’s largest airplane. It will be the biggest international airport in the country.For the 15 bays it has, the number of lounges is same as that of the previous airport so that the mixing of passengers doesn’t occur. It has two runways each 3.5 km long.
A mock PIA flight will land at the new airport this Saturday and nearly 250 family members of PIA employees will come to the airport as passengers of the mock flight. They will pass all the counters that one has to go through during an international flight, before getting boarding cards.
Special passes have been issued to the mock flight passengers and they have been directed to reach the airport by 8:45 am. People using their private cars will be issued special passes while the others will be taken to their respective lounges by the PIA employees.
The CEO of PIA, Musharraf Rasool Cyan will observe the mock exercise.
The new airport has the following facilities to accommodate passengers:
- A five-level security system for baggage check.
- A food court.
- A mini-cinema
- Children’s play area
- Car parking for 2,200 to 2,500 vehicles.
- A separate car parking has been built for the airport staff.
Five conveyor belts for international arrival lounge and three for domestic arrival lounge have been erected to facilitate the passengers.
The airport also has the provision of expansion, if required and wheelchairs for disabled and sick passengers are also present.