49 % work completed at New Gwadar International Airport
GWADAR, Oct. 15 (Gwadar Pro) - In a significant development, around 49 percent work has been completed in the ongoing construction of New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA), an iconic project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), GPA official told Gwadar Pro.
New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA) is being built at the cost of Rs. 51.284 billion as per current PC-1, he said.
On a question, he said that the entire scope of work of New Gwadar International Airport involves civil work, structural work, mechanical work, engineering work, communication work. It has moved into top gear that will make it possible to finish the completion task in September 2023. Test flight is highly likely next March, he mentioned.
As per details, with the joint effort of professional teams of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Pakistan, the fencing around New Gwadar International Airport has already been completed. Besides, the rest of work regarding construction of ATC tower, runway, Apron, taxiway, operational building, Complex Registration office, Water supply system, PTCL fiber optic, desalination plant, Grid station and security system has picked maximum acceleration.
The first phase of New Gwadar International Airport spreading over across an area of 4,300 acres will welcome national and international passengers. In the second phase, after cargo complex being built, it will come up with new capacity to handle multiple cargo stuff.
It will be the biggest airport in Pakistan and it will have the capacity to accommodate narrow-body aircraft such as ATR 72 and Boeing B-737, as well as wide-body aircraft such as Airbus A-380 and Boeing B-747 for domestic and international routes. The airport will be operated under open sky policy and will be developed under the guidance of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
It is expected to stimulate the development in Gwadar and boost trade between Pakistan and the rest of the world.