ISLAMABAD:(APS)September 2, 2016-Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired meeting on aviation affairs at PM House today.
The Prime Minister was briefed on the status and progress of work on airports in different parts of the country including Bannu and Mansehra. The meeting informed that almost 82% work on the New Islamabad International Airport has been completed and efforts are in place to complete the project within the allocated financial resources. The project is divided into three main packages of Airside, Passenger Terminal as well as Landside. The Prime Minister was apprised that the New Islamabad International Airport will be operationalized on 14th August, 2017. The meeting was informed about the peripheral facilities including link roads, water facilities, provision of natural gas, electricity as well as commuting facilities for the New Islamabad International Airport. Ramma Dam and Kasana Dam will supply water for the new airport and will be completed soon, the Prime Minister was briefed.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif expressed hope that the New Islamabad International Airport will be an icon of professional excellence. The Prime Minister directed to ensure that all the international standards are strictly followed while executing the project. I am sure that the New Islamabad International Airport will be a regional hub of air passengers and travelers, the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister directed that Islamabad/Rawalpindi Metro be connected to the new airport to facilitate the community. I will inaugurate the New Islamabad International Airport on 14th August, 2017 Insha’Allah, the Prime Minister said.
The meeting was also briefed on the extension of Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. The Prime Minister was briefed on different state of the art designs proposed for the extension which are of global standards. The proposed designs are a blend of the Spanish and Mughal architecture having modern touch. The Prime Minister, while approving the proposed designs, directed to start the work for the extension of Allama Iqbal International Airport.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Secretary Aviation Mr. Irfan Elahi, DG Civil Aviation Air Marshal ® Asim Suleman and other senior government officials.