New Islamabad airport to open on 20 April 2018
The Cabinet also notified the declaration of Islamabad International Airport as an “Airport”. Considering the years of missed deadlines and delays, it can’t be said with surety when the new airport will begin its operations. It is said that PM Abbasi will inaugurate the airport between 15 to 20th April 2018.
CAA has also released a NOTAM announcing the date of airport’s operations. According to this NOTAM issued by Civil Aviation Authority, Islamabad International Airport will be operational by April 16. If (and it’s a big if given the track record of the authorities) the construction or linkage roads don’t face any further delays, we could see the new airport up and running in about six weeks.
According wiki source The airport is planned to commence operations on 20 April 2018, replacing the old Benazir Bhutto International Airport. It is the largest airport in Pakistan in terms of passenger capacity, capable of serving 15 million passengers every year in its first phase. Further planned expansions will allow it to serve up to 25 million passengers every year. The terminal includes 15 gates with ten remote gates, a four-star hotel, duty-free shops, food court and 42 immigration counters. Additionally, Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan is acquiring 2,833 acres (11.46 sq km / 4.42 sq mi) of land to build a third runway at the airport. Furthermore, it is also the first airport in Pakistan capable of handling the Airbus A380 and is expected to become a major hub serving Northern Pakistan.
The first successful test flight of PIA PK 9001 along with crew and technical staff took off from Benazir Bhutto International Airport at 1:04pm on Saturday and landed at New Islamabad International airport at 1:29pm.
The flight was flown by Capt Maqsood Bijarani along with chief engineer Farhan Mir, making PIA the first airline, bearing the national flag to land and take-off from the newly constructed airport