Work has begun on a new passenger terminal worth PKR4.5bn ($72.9m) at Multan International Airport in Pakistan.

The terminal construction, part of the second phase of an airport upgrade, will be completed within two years and will enable the airport to meet international standards.

The E category terminal will be able to handle wide-body aircraft such as the A340, B777, B747 and cargo planes, as well as direct flights between Multan and Europe, according to the Associated Press in Pakistan.

The first phase of the airport project saw the runway widened to 150ft at a cost of PKR1.8bn ($21m), with 25ft of shoulders added on each side. It was also expanded from 9,000ft to 10,500ft.

The project received PKR3.5bn ($40m) from the Association for the Development of Pakistan of the Civil Aviation Authority while the rest of PKR1bn ($11m) has been contributed by the federal government.