Airports New Islamabad Airport to commence operations soon

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The new Islamabad International Airport has announced plans to commence operations on April 20, 2018.

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Islamabad International Airport should replace the old Benazir Bhutto International Airport, which has handled over 4.7 million passengers in 2017.

A first aircraft, an Airbus A320 of Pakistan International Airlines, the national carrier of Pakistan, has landed at the new airport on April 7.

According to Pakistani media, the new airport will have 15 gates with ten remote gates and an annual capacity for 15 million passengers. With its two parallel runways, the airport will be the first airport in Pakistan capable of handling the Airbus A380.

The airport will be opened with a delay of several months after a first opening date was postponed in August 2017.

Pakistan International Airlines will use the new airport as its Northern Pakistan hub, operating domestic and international flights. Several long-haul flights to destinations in Europe, America and Asia will be operated from Islamabad. The private Pakistani carrier Shaheen Air will connect Islamabad with several destinations in the Middle East Area. Foreign carriers like Emirates, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines will move their daily flights from Benazir Bhutto International Airport to the new airport in the next weeks.

Source © Pakistan International Airlines Twitter

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