ISLAMABAD, May 18 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday inaugurated the improved facilities for international and domestic passengers at Benazir Bhutto International Airport.
These facilities include new building for international departure and fast track check-in counters, business class fast
track, 35 percent enhanced car park area and addition of 32 new international standards public toilets.
The new facilities have been completed at a cost of Rs 460 million and include a new taxiway - Delta has been constructed at a cost of Rs 450 million that will help save Rs 120 million in two months for the airlines in fuel costs.
Prime Minister Sharif visited after going through different renovated sections of the airport expressed his satisfaction over the quality of work. He directed that similar facilities be provided at other airports so as to ease travel woes of the travellers.
The Prime Minister directed to increase the pace of work, when informed that renovation of other airports was also progressing.
Earlier on his arrival at the airport, the Prime Minister was received by Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Advisor to PM on Aviation Shujaat Azeem and DG Civil Aviation Authority Air Marshal (Retd) Mohammad Yousuf.
Shujaat Azeem briefed the Prime Minister about the project. He said Benazir Bhutto International Airport was declared a pilot project to launch a drive of upgradation of facilities offered by the Civil Aviation Authority.
He mentioned that the services of leading national architects had been hired to give input on measures for improvement of facilities.
He said new facilities had been added to ensure quick clearance of passengers during peak rush hours. He said different passenger traffic flow patterns and the difficulties faced by passengers had been kept in view while carrying out the project.
The Advisor apprised the Prime Minister that emphasis had been laid on cleanliness, serviceability of equipment and quality of services at the Benazir Bhutto Airport.
DG Civil Aviation Authority Air Marshal (Retd) Mohammad Yusuf told APP that the taxiway alone would help save around Rs 120 million in only two months time owing to fuel costs alone. He hoped that the upgradation of the airport, under the vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, would provide better facilities to the international and domestic passengers, till the completion of the new Islamabad airport.