Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto Airport expansion to complete by January

30 November 2014 (Last Updated November 30th, 2014 18:30)

The ongoing renovation, expansion and development work at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) in Islamabad, Pakistan, will be completed by the country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) by January 2015.

The ongoing renovation, expansion and development work at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) in Islamabad, Pakistan, will be completed by the country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) by January 2015.

The Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) quoted CAA spokesman Mubarak Shah as saying that the authority was working on the project to improve the parking area, expand the international departure briefing area and create space for installing latest security equipment and extra passengers' check-in counters.

Customs Today quoted Shah as saying that the BBIA had an inherited problem of space congestion due to the increasing number of passengers.

"The BBIA had an inherited problem of space congestion due to the increasing number of passengers."

Post-completion, the airport would get a spacious area for manoeuvring of passengers, apart from a separate and exclusive car park for the staff, which would help in considerably reducing the congestion in the existing parking space.

The new car parking is being brought up at the Nur Khan Base road and will have a capacity to accommodate 300 cars and motorcycles. The taxiway facility at the airport would also help to reduce fuel consumption for aircraft besides saving passengers' time.

The airport will be able to accommodate more aircraft and segregate passenger influx with the new flight staggering technique.

Apart from these facilities, the airport will also be getting a new passengers' complaint centre.

Customs Today further quoted Shah as saying that the airport's functional control forum is actively involved through close coordination so that all stakeholders, including customs, immigration, ASF, anti-narcotics force, airport health, airlines and ground handling agencies, can take part in enhancing customers' facilities.