Pakistan inaugurates renovated Benazir Bhutto International Airport

17 May 2015 (Last Updated May 17th, 2015 18:30)

Pakistan’s newly renovated Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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Pakistan's newly renovated Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Following completion of the PKR450m ($4.4m) expansion project, the airport now has a new parking lot for visitors, a fast-track building and improved waiting areas.

The airport has created additional parking for 700 visitor cars, by shifting its staffer's parking lot to an adjacent plot.

Under the nine-month renovation project, the parking area has been equipped with 16 new toilets in addition to the four that were previously available.

New toilets have also been constructed in the departure lounges.

The concourse area has been upgraded to have state-of-the-art screens, signboards and paintings depicting the country's culture.

A new 1,700ft taxiway, built with an investment of $1.96m, will help aircraft save around five to ten minutes during take-off and landing.

According to an official at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the taxiway will help the airport save around $9.8m in fuel costs, reported The Express Tribune.

The Rawal Lounge, previously reserved for VIPs, has now been turned into a business lounge.

The airport was recently voted as the world's worst airport based on its comfort, facilities, cleanliness and customer service, by the Guide to Sleeping at Airports website. It had also been criticised for its inability to handle passengers.

Meanwhile, the construction of Islamabad's new international airport is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.


Image: The Benazir Bhutto International Airport had recently been voted the worst airport in the world. Photo: courtesy of Waqas Usman.