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First plane touches down at new Islamabad airport today

According to latest brand updates, the first PIA flight to land on the newly built Islamabad International Airport, carrying nearly 250 family members of the national flag-carrier’s employees, will land today.

PIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Musharraf Rasool Cyan will observe the mock exercise, two weeks ahead of formal opening of the airport on April 20 for regular international and domestic flights.

As per reports, the old Benazir Bhutto International Airport will be changed into the new airport from 19th April to 20th April.

The entire mock exercise will observe the landing of a passenger plane, handling the passenger check-in by the staff, Crew Members, Customs, Airport Security Force, Anti-Narcotics Force and other relevant agencies.

The new Y-shaped 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.

The same number of lounges have been built to avoid mixing of passengers. The new Islamabad International Airport consists of two runways, each 3.5 km long. The new airport is built over a five level security system operation 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. The airport also has the provision of extansion, if required.

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