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Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto
International Airport (Urdu: بینظیر بھٹو بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈا‬‎, IATA: ISB, ICAO: OPRN) was the second-largest airport by air traffic in Pakistan, serving the capital Islamabad
Islamabad
and its twin city Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi
in the province of Punjab. Previously known as the Islamabad
Islamabad
International Airport, it was renamed after the late Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto in June 2008.[1] The airport handled 4,767,860 passengers between 2015-16,[2] compared to 3,803,060 in 2012-13.[3] The last commercial out of the Airport was on the 18th of April and then,the airport’s commercial operations were shifted to Islamabad
Islamabad
International Airport on April 20, 2018.[4] The airport is not located in Islamabad, but is instead in the area of Chaklala in neighbouring Rawalpindi.

Contents

1 History 2 Facilities 3 Former Airlines and destinations

3.1 Passenger 3.2 Cargo

4 Current Status 5 Accidents and incidents 6 See also 7 References

7.1 Citations 7.2 Bibliography

8 External links

History[edit] In the fiscal year 2008–2009, over 3,136,664 passengers used Benazir Bhutto International Airport and 34,025 aircraft movements were registered.[5] The airport serves as a hub for the flag carrier, Pakistan
Pakistan
International Airlines. It is also the hub of Shaheen Air International and a focus city of airblue. The government recently launched a Rs. 399 million project to renovate and expand the airport including the 518 by 23 m (1,700 by 75 ft) taxi way link adjacent to the lone runway of the airport.[6] The renovation was completed by March, 2015.[7] After expansion it is called New Islamabad
Islamabad
International Airport is an under construction international airport located in Fateh Jang, Attock District planned to serve the Islamabad
Islamabad
Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi
metropolitan area. The airport is likely to open for commercial flights in December 2017. The airport project was conceived initially in 1984 for which the acquisition of land in Attock started the same year. Constructed approximately 20 km west of the twin cities, it is being built to replace the existing Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto
International Airport which doesn't have the capacity to handle air traffic. After repeated delays, the project is expected to be become operational by mid-2017. The airport is connected to Islamabad
Islamabad
via the Kashmir Highway and Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi
via the GT Road. A 26 km six lane highway is under-construction to further expand the connectivity of the airport. The Rawalpindi- Islamabad
Islamabad
Metrobus is planned to be expanded to connect the Islamabad
Islamabad
with the metropolitan area. Once completed it will be the first greenfield airport in Pakistan
Pakistan
and the first to support the landing of Airbus A380. Build on an area of 3,289 acres, the project consists of 90 check-in counters and a parking facility for 2,000 vehicles and will cater to upward of 10 million people every year in its first phase and up to 25 million in the second phase. The terminal includes 15 gates with ten remote gates, a four-star hotel, duty-free shops, two runways, six taxiways, food court and 42 immigration counters. Its Package-1 of civil works was started on February 15, 2010 and was completed on May 14, 2014, incurring a cost of PKR 10924 million as quoted by the contractor of the project.The construction project was awarded to Habib Construction Services which is one of the largest construction companies of Pakistan
Pakistan
and have worked on several other mega projects previously. Expansion Statistics:[8]

Location Islamabad

Construction Cost PKR 10924 Million

Client Aviation Division, Government of Punjab

Consultant Mott MacDonald

Contractor Habib Construction Services Limited, Lagan, TAPL

Facilities[edit] Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto
International Airport was a civil and military airport which handles VIPs as well as public scheduled operations for many airlines. Foreign diplomats, high level government officials, as well as military officials are welcomed at this airport. The airport was only able to handle eleven wide body aircraft at one time, with additional five parking places for general aviation aircraft. It could not accommodate large aircraft such as the Airbus A380 or the Boeing 747-8. This airport does not have any air bridges installed, so buses t the passengers from the airport terminal to the aircraft where air stairs are used. Former Airlines and destinations[edit] Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations

Air Arabia Ras al-Khaimah

Air China Beijing–Capital1

Airblue Abu Dhabi, Dubai–International, Karachi, Rahim Yar Khan, Sharjah

China Southern Airlines Ürümqi

Emirates Dubai–International

Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi

Flynas Riyadh[9]

Gulf Air Bahrain

Kam Air Kabul

Kish Air Mashhad, Tehran-Imam Khomeini

Kuwait Airways Kuwait

Oman Air Muscat

Pakistan
Pakistan
International Airlines Abu Dhabi, Bahawalpur, Barcelona, Beijing–Capital, Birmingham, Chitral, Copenhagen, Dammam, Doha, Dubai–International, Gilgit, Jeddah, Kabul, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuwait, Lahore, London–Heathrow, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Multan, Muscat, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Quetta, Rahim Yar Khan, Riyadh, Salalah,[10] Sialkot, Skardu, Sukkur, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Zhob

Qatar Airways Doha

Safi Airways Kabul

Saudia Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh

Serene Air Karachi

Shaheen Air Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Dubai–International, Karachi[11] Riyadh,sharjah

Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi

Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk

*Notes: 1: Air China's flight from Islamabad
Islamabad
to Beijing continues on to Karachi. However, Air China
Air China
does not have eighth freedom rights to carry passengers solely from Islamabad
Islamabad
to Karachi. Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations

TCS Courier Dubai–International, Karachi, Lahore, London–Heathrow

Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Cargo Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Bishkek, Istanbul–Atatürk

Star Air Aviation Karachi

Current Status[edit] Since the Airport was built on an Airbase, the Pakistan Air Force
Pakistan Air Force
has taken ownership of the the apron and old terminal building of the airfield,similar to what was done when Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport moved it's terminals. The Runway
Runway
is expected to remain in use by the PAF in the near future and VIPs and other dignitaries will continue to use the Airbase instead of Islamabad
Islamabad
International Airport. Accidents and incidents[edit]

The US Air Force was a regular visitor to the airport, providing relief goods for the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, photographed 2005

Pakistan International Airlines
Pakistan International Airlines
aircraft in the retro livery.

China Southern Airlines
China Southern Airlines
Boeing taxing to the runway.

PIA Fleet as seen from waiting lounge

On 1 August 1948, an Onzeair Avro 691 Lancastrian XPP crash landed at the airport, due to poor adjustment by the foreign pilot and insecure cargo loads in the cabin causing the weight to alter causing the aircraft to become unbalanced. The aircraft was written off.[citation needed] On 18 May 1959, a PIA Vickers 815 Viscount skidded off the runway causing the aircraft to stop in a monsoon ditch. The aircraft suffered substantial damage; no crew or passengers were harmed in the accident.[citation needed] On 4 February 1986, a Pakistan International Airlines
Pakistan International Airlines
Boeing 747-200 Combi performed a belly landing at the airport. Apparently the crew had failed to release the landing gear on final approach. No passengers or crew were hurt and the aircraft received minor damage.[citation needed] On 15 February 2002, Erik Audé was arrested at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (then named Islamabad
Islamabad
International Airport) for opium possession.[citation needed] During October 2005, Islamabad
Islamabad
handled additional aircraft that provided aid for the affected people of Kashmir after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. The largest of these aircraft was the An-225
An-225
Mriya. Virgin Atlantic Airways operated a special relief flight to Islamabad
Islamabad
using a Boeing 747
Boeing 747
with 55 tonnes of aid.[12] On 28 July 2010, Airblue
Airblue
Flight 202, a domestic flight from Karachi operated by Airbus A321
Airbus A321
AP-BJB, crashed into the Margalla Hills in Islamabad
Islamabad
while trying to land at the airport. The aircraft crashed into mountainous and wooded terrain near the city, killing all 152 people on board. From 8 to 11 February 2011, there was a workers' strike at the airport against the selling of destinations to Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines
and the sacking of six Pakistan International Airlines
Pakistan International Airlines
pilots. This led to the resignation of the managing director of PIA Capt. Aijaz Haroon and caused the cancelling of many flights.[citation needed] On 20 April 2012, a Boeing 737-200 (AP-BKC), Bhoja Air Flight 213 carrying 127 people on a flight from Karachi's Jinnah International Airport destined for Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto
International Airport crashed near Chaklala killing all 127 people on board. Pakistani Defence Ministry officials believe that the plane crashed into a remote residential area. There were also bad weather conditions, with lightning and rain pouring at the time of landing. Eye-witness reports say that the aircraft was already on fire on its landing approach before it crashed.[citation needed] Initial reports suggest that as the pilots of Bhoja Air Flight B4-213 attempted to land amidst rain and strong winds, the ill-fated aircraft might have flown into an unexpected wind shear that possibly smashed it on the ground below. The aircraft had been retired by Shaheen Air
Shaheen Air
and then acquired and placed in service by Bhoja Air in March 2012.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

New Islamabad
Islamabad
International Airport List of airports in Pakistan Airlines of Pakistan Pakistan
Pakistan
Civil Aviation Authority Transport in Pakistan

References[edit] Citations[edit]

^ "PM names Islamabad
Islamabad
Airport as Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto
International Airport - GEO.tv". Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.  ^ http://www.caapakistan.com.pk/upload/AT/stats/2015%20-%202016-APT.pdf ^ http://www.caapakistan.com.pk/upload/AT/stats/2010%20-%202011-APT.pdf ^ "PM to inaugurate new Islamabad
Islamabad
airport in April". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2018-03-06.  ^ caapakistan.com.pk – Major Traffic Flows By Airport During The Year 2008–09 Archived 13 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Iftikhar A. Khan. " Islamabad
Islamabad
airport set to get a new look". Retrieved 1 June 2015.  ^ "'Rs399m spent on renovation, expansion of Islamabad
Islamabad
airport'". Retrieved 1 June 2015.  ^ "Plea against Civil Aviation boss: Airport won't be ready before April 2015, says CAA". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 1 June 2015.  ^ "flynas plans Pakistan
Pakistan
launch in Feb 2018". airlineroute. January 17, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2018.  ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/271019/pakistan-international-proposes-islamabad-salalah-service-from-feb-2017/ ^ " Shaheen Air
Shaheen Air
ends Manchester service in mid Feb 2017". Airlineroute. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.  ^ Virgin Atlantic Operates Relief Flight To Islamabad, Pakistan[permanent dead link]

Bibliography[edit]

Ground breaking ceremony of new Islamabad
Islamabad
airport likely in April, Business Recorder (Pakistan's Financial Daily Newspaper), 2005-03-03. CAA initiates $300m new Islamabad
Islamabad
airport (NIIA), Pakistan
Pakistan
Link Headline News, 2006-01-07. CAA initiates $300m new Islamabad
Islamabad
airport project, The News Business Section, 2006-01-07. New Islamabad
Islamabad
International Airport ready for ground breaking Ceremony, PakTribune, 2006-02-07. Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines
wants to operate daily flights to Karachi, The News, 2007-07-10. Progress in THY's Pakistan
Pakistan
flights, Turkish Daily News, 2007-07-19.

External links[edit] Media related to Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto
International Airport at Wikimedia Commons

Islamabad
Islamabad
International Airport, official web site Accident history for ISB at Aviation Safety Network Aeronautical chart for OPRN at SkyVector Current weather for OPRN at NOAA/NWS Islamabad
Islamabad
International Airport Arrivals/Departures at Flightradar24

Pakistan
Pakistan
portal Islamabad
Islamabad
portal Aviation portal

v t e

Airports in Pakistan

AJK

Muzaffarabad Rawalakot

BL

Dalbandin Gwadar Jiwani Khuzdar Ormara Panjgur Pasni Quetta Sibi Sui Turbat Zhob

FATA

Parachinar

GB

Chilas Gilgit Skardu

ICT

Islamabad
Islamabad
Bhutto Islamabad
Islamabad
Gandhara

KP

Bannu Chitral Dera Ismail Khan Peshawar Bacha Khan Saidu Sharif

PJ

Bahawalpur Chashma Dera Ghazi Khan Faisalabad Gurha Salim Lahore Allama Iqbal Mangla Multan Sialkot Sialkot Cantonment Rahim Yar Khan Tarbela

SN

Hyderabad Islamkot Jacobabad Kadanwari Karachi Jinnah Mohenjodaro Nawabshah Sawan Sehwan Sharif Sindhri Sukkur

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Pakistan
Pakistan
International Airlines

Services

History

Orient Airways East Pakistan
Pakistan
Helicopter Service

Fleet Destinations PIA Cargo Precision Engineering Complex Ispahani Hangar

Assets and facilities

Karachi planetarium Lahore planetarium Peshawar planetarium PIA Model Secondary School PIA Township The Roosevelt Hotel

Hubs

Jinnah International Airport Allama Iqbal International Airport Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto
International Airport

People

Mirza Ahmad Ispahani Nur Khan Asghar Khan Zafar Chaudhry Azim Daudpota Farooq Umar Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Ahmad Saeed Ahmad Mukhtar Aijaz Haroon

Incidents

Flight 17 Flight 268 Flight 326 Flight 404 Flight 544 Flight 661 Flight 688 Flight 705 Flight 740

See also

Pakistan International Airlines
Pakistan International Airlines
cricket team PIA F.C. Evacuatio

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