The government has announced that the New Islamabad International airport (NIIA), will finally start being used in 2018.
The foundation stone of the airport was laid in 2004 by the then prime minister Shaukat Aziz and construction work was started without the design being approved. The project was also awarded to 17 different contractors.
Already five years behind schedule, completion of the new Islamabad airport has officially been delayed even further. The new Islamabad airport has become the latest in the list of projects which, it appears, will not be completed anytime soon.
New Islamabad Airport having area of 3,289 acres, is currently under construction in Fateh Jang, Attock district. The airport would be equipped with cutting-edge technologies and state-of-the-art facilities for the passengers.
The first-ever green-field airport, having a capacity to support landing and parking of Airbus-380, the biggest passenger aircraft of the world, is some 20 kilometer from the center of the federal capital, and 23 kilometers from Rawalpindi.
The new airport will also feature the highest baggage security system in the country that is five levels of security screening process for luggage.
More than 10,000 saplings have been planted in the airport area to make the atmosphere healthy and green. The airport is also likely to create massive job opportunities and other commercial activities in the area.
The new airport will also feature the highest baggage security system in the country that is five levels of security screening process for luggage. The airport is also likely to create massive job opportunities and other commercial activities in the area.
With the help of Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) the NIIA has established its own grid station for power supply.
With so many delays already, let’s wait if this project gets completed in 2017. Also, if it does, will it be kept up to the level to which it is being constructed?