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    New Islamabad International Airport - Discussion Thread

    RAWALPINDI: Pakistan International Airline (PIA) is all set to operate a first mock flight from the New Islamabad International Airport on Saturday.

    However, the airport will be inaugurated formally 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.

    The “Y” shaped new airport spreads over 19 square kilometres with 15 jetties (passenger boarding bridges), including facilities to accommodate two double-deck A380, the world’s largest airplane, 15 remote bays and seven remote bays for small aircraft such as ATRs. It will be the biggest international airport of the country in terms of landing and passenger handling facilities.

    For the 15 bays, the same number of lounges have been built to avoid mixing of passengers. The new airport has two runways each 3.5 km long.

    Families of PIA employees invited to go through a mock check-in procedure before formal opening of airport on 20th

    The PIA management has decided to conduct the mock exercise of landing a passenger plane and handling the passengers check-in by its staff, crew members, customs, Airport Security Force, Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and other relevant agencies.

    The construction work on the new airport located 30 km from Islamabad started in April 2007.

    On Saturday, a PIA flight will land at the new airport and nearly 250 family members of PIA employees will come to the airport as passengers of the mock flight. They will pass through the security check, baggage scanning by ASF and search by the ANF and then proceed to the customs counters before getting boarding cards.

    Wheelchairs will be arranged for disabled and sick passengers who will be boarded on the plane by ambo-lifters.

    The employees’ families have been issued special passes and directed to reach the airport by 8:45am. Those who will be using their private cars will be issued special passes while the others will be taken to the lounges by the PIA employees.

    PIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Musharraf Rasool Cyan will observe the mock exercise.

    The new airport will have five level security systems for baggage check, a food court, mini-cinema, children’s play area and car parking for 2,200 to 2,500 vehicles. Besides the public car parking, a separate car parking has been built for the airport staff.

    Five conveyer belts for international arrival lounge and three for domestic arrival lounge have been erected to facilitate the passengers. Passenger lounges are decorated with truck art works.

    In its earlier plan, the airport was to have nine bays for parking of aircraft but later the number was increased to 15.

    The airport also has the provision of extansion, if required.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1399780/fi...rport-tomorrow


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    Islamabad airport set to open despite security concerns

    RAWALPINDI: After years of delays and controversies, Pakistan’s first greenfield airport will be operational for international and domestic flights from April 20.

    The Y-shaped airport is located 20 kilometres from Zero Point Islamabad and over 25 kilometres from Saddar, Rawalpindi. It has reportedly been built according to international standards to cement its place as the country’s premier airport.

    A greenfield construction project is one that is not constrained by existing infrastructure. The analogy refers to using unused land for building a project from scratch.

    Almost all international and domestic flights will be handled by the new airport, called the Islamabad International Airport (IIA). It will also serve as the primary base of the national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), which recently got its own rebranding with the depiction of the Markhor on its fleet.

    The IIA is set to be the largest airport in the country and is designed to facilitate 15 million passengers annually in the first phase. The capacity is scheduled to increase to 25 million annual passengers after its expansion.

    The plan to construct a new airport in Islamabad had been conceived just under forty years ago in 1980. There was an increasing number of passengers going through the airport and the old Islamabad airport — later renamed the Benazir Bhutto International Airport — was not intended to cater to so much traffic. The site for the construction of the airport had also been picked near Attock.

    Besides a four-level terminal building, two runways, taxiways, apron and two parking bays for wide-body aircraft A-380 have been built. There will also be a cargo terminal, fuel farm, air traffic control complex as well as a fully-functional state-of-the-art firefighting station and modern rescue facilities.

    The new airport will have 15 air-conditioned jetways or passenger boarding bridges, 13 remote bays for larger aircraft and 7 remote bays for ATR and other smaller planes, in addition to four cargo bays. Of the 15 jetways – two have been specified for the wide-body aircraft A380. The Benazir Bhutto International Airport had no boarding bridges and suffered from a chronically inadequate immigration desk. The small number of immigration officers could not handle the influx of thousands of passengers flying in every day.

    The new airport will have five conveyer belts to assist passengers in claiming their luggage and personal belongings after they exit their planes. All 15 bays will have separate lounges to make it easier for travellers to navigate to the correct waiting areas.

    Breakdown of the terminal building
    At level 1 – there are the international and domestic passengers’ arrival area and collection bays for baggage. Airline offices and the engineering department will also be housed on the first level.

    At level II – there are the domestic arrivals and departure lounges, boarding bridges, visitors’ gallery, car parking, and Immigration counters for international passengers.

    At level III – there are international and domestic check-ins – baggage drop after check-in security scanning, international immigration departure and other airlines offices.

    At level IV – there are state lounges and commercially important persons (CIP) lounges, in addition, a crew briefing hall.

    There will be as many as 28 escalators, six service lifts. 24 elevators for passengers have been installed in the terminal building in addition to 4 inclined travellators (moving walkways) and 10 horizontal. 25 restrooms for passengers have been built in the terminal building, however, there is no facility for transit passengers to deposit their luggage. Instead, transit passengers will have to carry their luggage with them while waiting for their connecting flights. The Benazir Bhutto Airport did not have this facility either.

    A huge parking area for 2200 to 2500 vehicles has been constructed, in addition to a 175-staff car parking bay. And two parking areas have been allocated for state lounge guests. There are nine exit and entry gates to the airport.

    Other amenities include dedicated charging stations for passengers to fuel up their electronic devices. In addition, there are charging boxes for cell-phones that will be operated by high-tech fingerprint recognition systems for keeping the phones safe while they are being charged.

    There will also be a mini-cinema for travellers to relax and watch a movie before embarking on their connecting flights, as well as a food court with a children’s play area.

    From Islamabad, the airport is connected to the Kashmir Highway, while people in Rawalpindi will be able to access it via the Grand Trunk Road. There is no dedicated public transport available to the airport; however, government authorities have plans to inaugurate a metro-bus service for passengers soon.

    Besides all other facilities, 18 water tube-wells and three water dams have been built for the new airport. However, arrangements for the availability of clean drinking water have yet to be finalised.

    Security
    More than 500 Airport Security Force personnel will be required to be deployed at the new IIA to ensure safety for all passengers.

    Security officials, however, have already expressed concern over the existing situation of funnel areas of the new airport which are close to the Motorway where lights could be a security hazard.

    Though more than 85 security towers have been built around the airport to ensure that nobody from outside can enter the area, several of the towers lack basic facilities like toilets/washroom, lighting and restrooms.

    “No clean water is available to drink at the security towers, and it’s difficult to keep visual contact from the towers to the airport,” a security official – requesting to remain unnamed — lamented speaking of the lapses in security management.

    The security staff camp is located 12 kilometres away from the airport which security officials consider a cause for concern. The airport itself lacks proper rescue and evacuation mechanisms.

    There are also no alternate routes for VIPs, which according to security officials would have the potential to create traffic bottlenecks as well as security hazards.

    “The Benazir Bhutto International Airport was a smaller airport, which meant that security management was not so complicated. Considering the new airport is significantly larger, the security detail needs to be much more comprehensive. Given the fact that the location of the airport is also in an area where there have been reports of miscreant activities, security arrangements are not water-tight” a security official said.

    He said at the new airport, security management systems, CCTV, and public address systems have been installed complimented with all-night patrolling. There are two bomb pit facilities each on the departure and international sections of the airport.

    Flight kitchen
    Besides the on-site hotel, a flight kitchen, post office facilities and ATMs have yet to be provided to passengers using the new airport. However, the PIA spokesman said that the flight kitchen located at the old Benazir Bhutto International airport, which is more than 30 kilometres away from the new airport will be used for cooking meals, which will be transported in trucks to the new airport.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1400482/is...urity-concerns
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    Airport looks great but seems like it will require a lot more work i.e. clean drinking water. Security seems to be a bit concerning.

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    Expect BA to shortly resume flights to Pakistan using this airport - 5 x weekly 787s to start off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Expect BA to shortly resume flights to Pakistan using this airport - 5 x weekly 787s to start off.
    The market is certainly there and now that the security situation is improving BA would be mad to carry on ignoring Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    The market is certainly there and now that the security situation is improving BA would be mad to carry on ignoring Pakistan.
    Especially when they have no problems flying to the likes of Iran, West Africa, etc.

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    Will this be named after anyone? Perhaps Shere-E-Punjab Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif International?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    Will this be named after anyone? Perhaps Shere-E-Punjab Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif International?
    Heard it was going to be named Gandhara, after the ancient site where its built. As far as I know maybe I am wrong.

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    Islamabad International Airport!

    So with the opening of the new Islamabad International Airport just a few weeks from now - just thought i'd make this thread to discuss all related topics.

    However, first of all, I will begin by asking that with the launch of this new airport mega capacity airport that can accommodate wide bodied planes like the A380 and the A350-X - could we finally see European / North American airlines like British Airways, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Air France, United Airlines route to Pakistan?

    Also, with enhanced state of the art security, will the US Dept of State finally give approval for Pakistani airlines to fly direct to the US without a stopover?

    Finally, is anyone visiting Islamabad anytime soon? Hope we get to see plenty of good restaurants, shops and high class lounges in this airport

    Pleas share your experiences here!
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    Unlikely. Not allowing Pak airlines to fly directly to America is an indirect sanction that has little to do with the security situation and more to do with politics of foreign relations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakistanian View Post
    Unlikely. Not allowing Pak airlines to fly directly to America is an indirect sanction that has little to do with the security situation and more to do with politics of foreign relations.
    I would agree if this security measure was implemented recently - but it has been like this for as long as I can remember - even when Pakistan was granted non-NATO ally status back in 2004.

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    could we finally see European / North American airlines like British Airways, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Air France, United Airlines route to Pakistan?
    Nope, not happening. These airlines don't not fly to Pakistan because of the crappy airport in Islamabad. They don't fly here because it's a small market and because of the perceived security risks (BA flights were suspended after the Marriot bombing). While the security situation has improved since then, it still remains far from ideal, even by third world terrorism stricken country standards and perceptions lag even further behind. Pakistan is unlikely to see Euro/NA airlines, the odd exception notwithstanding, for another 10 years at least.


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    https://www.dawn.com/news/1402482/op...-delayed-again

    RAWALPINDI: The opening of new Islamabad International Airport on Wednesday was delayed once again but this time at the eleventh hour when the operational preparedness was complete and new flight schedule had been announced through the media.

    The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the facility would now become operational on May 3 as prime minister’s adviser on aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmed wanted more system and equipment testing to achieve complete satisfaction.

    The new airport, built at a cost of Rs105 billion, was earlier scheduled to become operational on April 20.

    Airport is capable of handling nine million passengers and 50,000 tonnes of cargo every year in its first phase

    Mr Ahmed expressed his satisfaction during an inspection of the airport on Wednesday, according to a spokesman for the adviser.

    “The state-of-the-art system and equipment need to be tested and trialed further to bring it to the level of international standards,” the spokesman said, adding: “Opening of the new airport was rescheduled to do more tests and trials in order to improve reliability and efficiency of systems.”

    After the rescheduling announcement, a fresh Notam (notice to airmen) was issued by the CAA headquarters, saying “the airport will be operational on May 3, 2018”.

    The surprising announcement of rescheduling was made at a press briefing at the new facility by Nadir Shafi Dar, CAA’s director planning, and Syed Aamir Mehmood, director media coordination of the CAA.

    Briefing journalists about features and other facilities at the new airport, Mr Mehmood said the airport was capable of handling nine million passengers and 50,000 tonnes of cargo every year in its first phase. After its expansion, it would be able to serve up to 25m passengers a year by 2025, he added.

    “The new airport will become the country’s hub and boost its business and economy. It is expected to provide multiple direct and indirect jobs and reap enormous economic benefits for the country,” he said, adding that the successful completion of the airport reflected the ability of the CAA to build a world class airport that had become a pride of the country.

    Metro and private transport will be providing round-the-clock services for public convenience.

    Mr Mehmood said it took almost 11 years to build the new airport, adding that its 190,370-square-metre four-level passenger terminal building had been designed to facilitate passengers and stakeholders.

    In reply to a question about security of the airport, he said that since the new airport was located in two districts — Attock and Rawalpindi — the issue of responsibility of police security had been taken up with the Punjab home department to make a decision which city would handle the security.

    Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had last Friday paid a surprise visit to the new airport and inspected the terminal building and other facilities and sought a report on the shortcomings in two days.

    The prime minister also visited the domestic arrival lounge and issued some instructions to aviation secretary Irfan Elahi after noticing some serious flaws. He inquired about the cafeteria for airport employees, including those of the Airport Security Force, CAA and airlines. He inquired about the arrangements to restrict visitors from approaching the entrance of passengers’ arrival lounge after noticing that there was no fence to prevent the visitors.

    Non-availability of flight kitchen at the new airport has been a major shortcoming as the Pakistan International Airlines management has to transport thousands of meals from Benazir Bhutto International Airport’s flight kitchen to the new airport by catering trucks every day.


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    Quote Originally Posted by R3verse Swing View Post
    10 years time Pakistan will be a force to be reckoned with.
    pakistan will be a global super power in ten years perennially

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElRaja View Post
    pakistan will be a global super power in ten years perennially
    Trying to give some competition to "India - superpower by 2020"? Haha

    The new airport looks pretty. Hopefully, they will keep it maintained.

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    PM inaugurates new Islamabad airport

    Finally it is going to happen. Looks good in picture.


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    I wonder why we have to have personnel with such huge guns around the airport or in the pictures?

    Doesn't really send out a good image to the world.

    I think they should be operating behind the scenes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmkextreme_1 View Post
    I wonder why we have to have personnel with such huge guns around the airport or in the pictures?

    Doesn't really send out a good image to the world.

    I think they should be operating behind the scenes.
    This is sadly a reality in most countries in the world. In major European airports security personal are packing a lot of heat


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    Quote Originally Posted by pakistanigoneaussie View Post
    This is sadly a reality in most countries in the world. In major European airports security personal are packing a lot of heat
    Usually, the personnel with the "big guns" are behind the scene, I feel like here in the US you don't see many people with that type of weaponry out in the open. Airport security usually carries around a pistol. I don't think I remember officers with big guns at any of the larger airports I have gone too.

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    Ruckus at new Islamabad airport as conveyor belt breaks down for second consecutive day

    Only days after the much-awaited inauguration of the Islamabad International Airport, authorities ran into problems with the conveyor belt not working for two consecutive days causing passengers a lot of inconvenience, reported Express News.

    The new airport was officially made operational the day before and the conveyor belt broke down on the same day, and the problem is still persisting, according to reports.

    The passengers at the airport had to wait in line for a long time to claim their luggage and started climbing onto the conveyor belt to retrieve their belongings.

    Airport Security Force had trouble maintaining order at the airport, as the people made a ruckus in the baggage area.

    Earlier, after facing delays for many years and billions of rupees spent, Pakistan’s largest airport – the Islamabad International Airport – was finally completed and inaugurated by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

    Originally scheduled to be completed during the era of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government at a cost of Rs32 billion, the airport was completed at a cost of more than Rs105 billion with multiple completion deadlines being revised time and again.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1702244...nsecutive-day/
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    The new Islamabad airport is nothing but a change in address

    A few weeks back, I had the chance of flying out from one brand new international airport to another. Eager to witness Islamabad finally casting off its pockmarked 2015 Rankings (by an international watchdog, Sleeping in Airports) that placed it amongst world’s top ten worst airports, I tried to document my experience. Of course I had great expectations from the much trumpeted, league-upping, game-changing, emblematic fruit of ‘strong democracy and respect for constitution’; and a ​trophy of ‘determination of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz government in serving the masses’, as our Prime Minister had put it with great alacrity during his inaugural address,​ earlier this month.

    For the most part, I was ready to have all these chimerical claims rain on me while I’d snap-chat my travel-tale away. But based on my personal observations, I decided to shrug off that Shangri-la and take matters beyond social media. For, eleven years and a hundred and five billion rupees is no joke.

    On a side note, ‘loyal’ citizens may rest assured that claims of democratic agility and respect for constitution that this airport facility presumably represents are mere broaches – necessary endearments in a typical public address made by a constitutionally admissible figurehead. A fancy gift-wrap waiting to be husked away to be able to really size up the real deal. And thus, all such victories and florid pronouncements around it ought to be, more often than not, taken as the stuff of ‘alternative facts’. Pulling over the magnificent façade of this monumental achievement reality struck me right at the tollway.

    For an infrastructural avant-garde that soaked up a royal budget, tollway of the new airport had no signs of air conditioning whatsoever. One of its booths was missing a glass wall, perhaps, to fend off the green-house-effect in the cubicle. Sun shone down indignantly on the sorriest looking toll-booth operators I have ever pulled up for. Not even a shrub in sight, these luckless men literally stood under the noonday sun without as much as a doubt of a shadow, miles away from any medical facility.

    Arguably, not everyone​ has the knack for cooking up corniches dotted with palm trees on the banks of nullahs overnight, our brand-new doorway to the capital still deserved at least vaguely going over this aspect of planning over the past decade. For, after all this airport is not just the doorway to Pakistan, it is emblematic of a governance system that is vested with sacred powers of ascertainment; of loyalty and piety. Representing a supremely halal brand of democracy is a matter that must not be taken lightly. It is clear to see that the clean-cut ‘kafirs’ of France and Singapore did poorly at acknowledging the task at hand, and have failed to create the reception Islamabad truly deserved. If only our veteran real estate maestro hadn’t left bad blood on the deep state, we could have delegated him the task cloning half a Heathrow, or a quarter JFK, or something along the lines.

    As I approached the entrance to the International Departures, a sunken forest of neatly lined yellow and white signboards opened up to a vast terminal complex. Glass and concrete that climbed beyond sight gave off an industrial vibe quite comparable to my destination airport. Albeit, this comparison was only​ confined to the elevation. After screening, I was showed to my booth by a permanently apologetic staffer who was delegated by his senior to facilitate me as I was with a child. Upon arriving at my airline counter, I was informed that boarding had stalled, indefinitely, due to some technical error. My facilitator promptly shifted me to another airline’s counter and ensured that my boarding was processed on priority.

    All thanks to a team of efficient and considerate facilitators who were kind enough to notice my irritable toddler, I got away with a swamp of passengers filing before my initial counter, and a similarly heaping crowd on the counter I was shifted to. Five stars to the on-ground band of apologists, who were visibly understaffed, technologically challenged, and generally harassed by a brash, angry passenger whose rage could be felt from the distance. And still they managed to stand tall and face the resonance from everything that went wrong at any part of the facility.

    The officer who finally processed my boarding had her system hung-up twice in the process. While we waited for her computer to reboot for the second time, I pointed at her shabby monitor and joked, “Airport naya hey per apka computer purana hey?” to which she said, “yahan her cheez thaki hui hey”. By the time I moved to the lounges, I had mixed feelings over the change in address and size of the airport.

    On Toilets: There was a marked difference between the upkeep of toilets in the international departure section, which were better staffed and cleaner in comparison to those in the arrival section. The toilet I used just after landing back was dirtier than a low grade cinema, with no attendants in sight. Bullet lifts that ran between floors of the terminal were equally squalid. Sanitation department was clearly MIA or running thin in several sections of the airport.

    Yes, it still is an expansive, buildable and structurally stunning facility. But 11 years is enough time to come up with a decently finished, environmentally sensitive, well equipped, well-staffed, and most of all a clean airport, especially when it took us to the end of the rainbow to finally declare it ready. As a Pakistani, I have always been embarrassed of how little we invest on environment, sanitation, presentation, and general upkeep of anything we run, which, to me, is the real tragedy.

    From the predicament of the two lone cafes in the boarding lounge that ran on a constant overdrive taking frequent reinforcement breaks, to the haunted duty-free section, to the VIP lounge that couldn’t process keycard, to the apologists on ground that faced the brunt of it all, it can be safely inferred that we continue to function as the same old facility inside the new building.

    For what it’s worth, the number of times anyone needs to make an impression of the New International Airport remains to be one. It is beyond my understanding how phenomenally lax CAA can be over sanitation, staffing, general upkeep and preparedness of the facility during the commencement month, and in the run up to the elections. Fraught with numerous scandals with regards to its auditing, and a string of illegalities in the awarding of contracts for the construction and installation of various facilities, the airport continues to cost us our reputation. Pakistan’s image as a Nuclear State, a civilian purgatory, a puritanical Muslim country and all the claptrap that comes into question at the slightest of the excuses is getting most profoundly soiled at our international airports.

    Considering that the infamous 2015 ranking was based on a survey that rated airports on basis of services and facilities available within the terminal, cleanliness, comfort and overall airport experience, the New International Airport is little more than a change in address.

    https://dailytimes.com.pk/247102/the...ge-in-address/
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    My Mum had the pleasure of flying out from here not soon after it was opened. And lets just say she didn't have a good word to say. It just isn't ready to be opened yet. There were hardly any staff around. No porters to help with luggage, staff had little idea where passengers needed to go and when. Her flight was delayed and she was shifted to two different gates. The lifts were not working, and my mum has a pacemaker so moving around too much isn't a good idea. She got some help from a very nice CAA official who was trying his best but overall it was not a great experience.Lovely building nice facilities but very badly managed..needed at least another year,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Anybody used this facility? What are your reviews?
    Visiting Islamabad on Saturday. Will update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Anybody used this facility? What are your reviews?
    They built this swanky new airport with all the bells and whistles but forgot that you actually need to build a road to it. A friend who travelled there last month said that for most part of the "journey" to the airport you had to travel on a dirt road.


    This is what happens when incompetent politicians under take mega projects to fill their pockets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    They built this swanky new airport with all the bells and whistles but forgot that you actually need to build a road to it. A friend who travelled there last month said that for most part of the "journey" to the airport you had to travel on a dirt road.


    This is what happens when incompetent politicians under take mega projects to fill their pockets.
    It's true.

    They got rid of the guys who annoy you offering to carry your luggage.

    There is only one person allowed from your family to go inside the airport to pick you up and there is a long walk where you have to carry your bags from to the outside.

    There were a few soldiers on duty and a few people having to stay indoors in a small canteen waiting for their families to come out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    It's true.

    They got rid of the guys who annoy you offering to carry your luggage.

    There is only one person allowed from your family to go inside the airport to pick you up and there is a long walk where you have to carry your bags from to the outside.

    There were a few soldiers on duty and a few people having to stay indoors in a small canteen waiting for their families to come out.
    I'm potentially going again sometime this year so will have the pleasure of experiencing this lol..One of the biggest complaints from workers was the lack of access to the airport..no metro bus and nobody is prepared to go out there yet...

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    My family just used it. They were very impressed

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    I have been there. The upper levels get unbearably hot. The AC system is a fraud, the air outlets are installed without connecting ducts; basically just the fan blowing air.

    The drainage system is terrible, water will be everywhere in the building after a storm.

    But I will say that the airport is great if the weather is fine.

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    PPP to ask Senate to name new Islamabad airport after Benazir Bhutto

    ISLAMABAD: Naming Islamabad International Airport (IIA) after former prime minister Benazir Bhutto is part of the Senate’s agenda for its meeting on Monday.

    The resolution will be moved by PPP Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, who is former Senate chairman and who has been demanding the new airport be named after Benazir Bhutto like the old one.

    The draft resolution states: “This house recommends that the newly-constructed Islamabad International Airport should continue to be named as Benazir Bhutto International Airport.”

    During the PML-N government, then prime minister Nawaz Sharif had announced a four-member committee to propose a name for the new airport.

    The committee was chaired by the then minister of ports and shipping, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, and included former adviser on national history and literary heritage Irfan Siddiqui, former minister of state for information Marriyum Aurangzeb and former special assistant to the prime minister on law Barrister Zafarullah.

    The committee had suggested naming the airport after Liaquat Ali Khan, Fatima Jinnah and Gandhara, the name of the land and its associated civilisation that existed in the areas now situated in northern Pakistan and the Potohar plateau.

    The majority of the members said the airport should be named after someone from the Pakistan Movement so it will not be changed later on political grounds.

    However, during the last cabinet meeting, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi left the issue open for debate rather than finalising a name for the airport.

    The project for the new airport was initiated in 1984 and land was purchased for the airport near Fatehjang in the same year for rates ranging between Rs30,000 per kanal to Rs50,000 per kanal. However, the average rate of the land was Rs70,000 per kanal.

    The stone-laying ceremony was held in 2004 in which the then prime minister Shaukat Aziz participated. Construction work was started without the approval of design, and construction projects were awarded to 17 different contractors at the same time.

    The initial PC-I of Rs37 billion was approved in 2008 from which a fuel system, radar and radio control buildings, aprons for planes, sewage treatment plant, electricity and availability of water were missing. The PC-I was still approved by a number of government institutions.

    Over Rs100 billion was spent on the completion of the airport in the end.

    The old airport near Rawalpindi provided services to three million people a year and had about 20 check-in counters and parking space for 400 vehicles. The new airport has 90 check-in counters and parking space for 2,000 vehicles. It can cater to over nine million people a year.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1430557/pp...benazir-bhutto

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    The airport manager of the Islamabad International Airport (IAA) has been dismissed after stray dogs were seen wandering the facility's premises on video, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said.

    Footage obtained by DawnNewsTV shows a pack of at least five stray dogs roaming outside the airport's lounge in the basement. In a potential safety hazard, the dogs can be heard barking at passengers proceedings towards the parking with their luggage.

    Sources at IAA told DawnNewsTV this was not a one-off incident; strays dogs have been spotted on the airport's premises regularly in recent weeks. They said frightened passengers have repeatedly alerted Airport Security Force (ASF) officials about the dogs' presence, but no action was taken.

    That stray dogs have been able to come as close as the arrival lounge of the airport is proof of negligence on the part of ASF and CAA, passengers said.

    Taking "strict notice" of media reports about the dogs' presence at IIA, the director general of CAA ordered the removal of airport manager Asghar Faheem Khattak and directed that an inquiry be conducted into the matter.

    "The DG CAA... has issued orders to dismiss airport manager of Islamabad airport on an immediate basis," a statement issued by the authority's spokesperson said.

    An aviation source while talking to Dawn.com said because ASF is primarily responsible for the security of the airport, it was a safety breach on their part that so many dogs were able to enter the facility's premises. He wondered if unwelcome human visitors could enter the airport in a similar fashion as well, putting its security at risk.




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    ISLAMABAD: A man was injured on Tuesday as a passenger boarding bridge at Islamabad International Airport collapsed.

    No damage was caused to the parked airplane belonging to a foreign airline during the incident.

    The cause of collapse of the passenger boarding bridge has not yet been determined.

    The long-awaited new airport in the federal capital opened its doors on May 1, after years of delays and setbacks and a soaring cost of over Rs100 billion.

    The new airport, which is designed as “Y” shape, includes 15 passenger boarding bridges, a passenger-friendly terminal, two runways, three taxiways along with facilities to accommodate two double-deck A380, as many as 15 remote bays and seven remote bays for small aircraft.

    A cargo terminal, air traffic control complex, an oil depot and fire and rescue services are also part of the new facility.

    The airport has a modular design which enables it to handle nine million passengers and 50,000 metric tons of cargo initially.

    The new airport is located 30km away from central Islamabad, for which construction work started in April 2007.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/214109-pas...port-collapses


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    ISLAMABAD: A man was injured on Tuesday as a passenger boarding bridge at Islamabad International Airport collapsed.

    No damage was caused to the parked airplane belonging to a foreign airline during the incident.

    The cause of collapse of the passenger boarding bridge has not yet been determined.

    The long-awaited new airport in the federal capital opened its doors on May 1, after years of delays and setbacks and a soaring cost of over Rs100 billion.

    The new airport, which is designed as “Y” shape, includes 15 passenger boarding bridges, a passenger-friendly terminal, two runways, three taxiways along with facilities to accommodate two double-deck A380, as many as 15 remote bays and seven remote bays for small aircraft.

    A cargo terminal, air traffic control complex, an oil depot and fire and rescue services are also part of the new facility.

    The airport has a modular design which enables it to handle nine million passengers and 50,000 metric tons of cargo initially.

    The new airport is located 30km away from central Islamabad, for which construction work started in April 2007.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/214109-pas...port-collapses
    My brother used the airport recently and commented on how due to low quality material used; things are already breaking.

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    A serious case for the 'Nazar' or 'Feng Shui' followers brigade?


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    Just got back from Pakistan and the first time I used the airport.

    Pro's:

    Passport control was quick. I mean really quick. No messing around
    No customs hassles
    Easy to get in and out
    efficient

    Cons:
    baggage took too long. I waited over an hour. terrible but my cousin waited ten minutes..inconsistent..
    food and duty free is pretty sparce at the moment but I expect this to improve at some point
    If Islu gets busy this airport wont be enough.

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    No match for London Heathrow, LAX or JFK airports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topspin View Post
    No match for London Heathrow, LAX or JFK airports.
    not meant to compete but its good for Pakistan. and better than the previous one.

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    Was a good experience,baggage took time but still overal a good experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    ISLAMABAD: A man was injured on Tuesday as a passenger boarding bridge at Islamabad International Airport collapsed.

    No damage was caused to the parked airplane belonging to a foreign airline during the incident.

    The cause of collapse of the passenger boarding bridge has not yet been determined.

    The long-awaited new airport in the federal capital opened its doors on May 1, after years of delays and setbacks and a soaring cost of over Rs100 billion.

    The new airport, which is designed as “Y” shape, includes 15 passenger boarding bridges, a passenger-friendly terminal, two runways, three taxiways along with facilities to accommodate two double-deck A380, as many as 15 remote bays and seven remote bays for small aircraft.

    A cargo terminal, air traffic control complex, an oil depot and fire and rescue services are also part of the new facility.

    The airport has a modular design which enables it to handle nine million passengers and 50,000 metric tons of cargo initially.

    The new airport is located 30km away from central Islamabad, for which construction work started in April 2007.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/214109-pas...port-collapses
    ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary committee was told that Emirates airline has refused to use passenger boarding bridges at airports in Pakistan after an air bridge collapsed at the new Islamabad International airport last month.

    The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Air Marshal Arshad Malik, told the Senate Standing Committee on Aviation that Emirates had announced its decision, citing safety standards as the reason. The committee met for a briefing on how the air bridge collapsed with complete details of its make, model and purchase, among other things.

    On Oct 9, the air bridge, purchased from the Spanish company Adelte, collapsed, leaving two staff members injured. Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Hassan Baig said the matter was under investigation. “We are looking into several possible reasons such as design faults, human error, maintenance problems as well as communication errors. It can be all four. But, so far it seems to be a design flaw,” said Mr Baig.

    He explained to the committee that similar faults had been detected with air bridges at Karachi airport and Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar.

    According to the official, a thorough report is due on Dec 7; however, the fault seemed to be in the design of the bridge — apparently, a loose pin. “Similar design problems were detected at both the airports in Karachi and Peshawar,” said Mr Baig, adding that the remaining payments to Adelte had been suspended. According to the contract, the CAA is in a position to ask Adelte to extend the warranty period of the air bridge. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Senator, Nauman Wazir, however, said that human error must not be ignored.

    The chairman of the committee, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Senator Mushahidullah Khan urged Air Marshal Malik to take the matter seriously.“Today Emirates has declined to use the air bridges, tomorrow other airlines may follow. The PIA can lose a lot of revenue,” said Mr Khan.

    The committee also discussed newspaper reports highlighting the involvement of PIA officers in smuggling and money laundering. Air Marshal Malik responded by saying that the matter was indeed sensitive, and would be taken seriously. “Some staff has already been placed under scrutiny and disciplinary action has been taken against two staff members. Their actions bring disgrace not just to the PIA, the Airport Security Force (ASF) and other associated organisations but also to the entire nation,” said the CEO.

    According to a senior official of the ASF, the various departments must coordinate more efficiently to prevent such cases. “We still lack coordination while checking catering vehicles, for instance,” said the official.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1447116/em...committee-told


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    Heading to Islamabad in few weeks so lets see how this airport will handle at that time.

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    False ceilings at Islamabad International Airport fall during downpour

    RAWALPINDI: A major portion of the false ceilings at Islamabad International Airport (IIA)’s international departure and concourse hall collapsed during a downpour early on Friday.

    Heavy leakage of water has been observed in the hall after the incident.

    No one was injured in the incident and there was also no disruption in the service.

    The mishap occurred around 3am. As the panels collapsed, the airport management closed the area and cordoned it off. The concerned staff was called to clean the rainwater and debris.

    Aviation Division spokesman Senior Joint Secretary Abdul Sattar Khokhar said it was an extraordinary 56mm rain which fell in a short span of time.

    “The design of the outer ceilings is such that it allows for entry and circulation of air in areas where there is no air-conditioning. During high speed winds, we sometimes encounter with such a sitiation,” the spokesman said.

    “We are trying to rectify the position with the help of the engineering directorate of the CAA,” Mr Khokhar said.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1574420

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    I am not suprised with the quality, the nooras finished the project off and we are all aware of their incompetence and corruption.

    This was Kakaan Abbasis statement after opening this airport:

    "He added that the new airport will set an example for all the other airports in terms of servicexs provided.

    "The airport reflects the work of five years of the current government."

    Lanath on all nooras. I await mamoon sharifs defence

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    Looks like a **** heap.

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