Asia Times reported that Islamabad’s new international airport, whose bill was reportedly partially footed by Beijing and which was built by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), is all set for operation after a smooth trial run in which a Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane touched down on one of the two runways.
The project was awarded in 2011 to a joint venture of the state-owned Chinese contractor and Pakistani firms through an international tendering process.
A CSCEC official said that with a 180,000-square-meter, 15-gate terminal made up of components prefabricated in China and riveted and welded together onsite, the airport will be able to handle 9 million passengers and 80,000 tons of cargo per annum.
The terminal is also home to a four-star hotel, duty-free shops, a food court and 42 immigration counters. The new airport will be able to service major wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and A350 as well as Boeing 747-8 airliners. Read More…