ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi officially inaugurated the much awaited New Islamabad International airport on Tuesday.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was accompanied by governor KP and Punjab, Adviser Civil Aviation Sardar Mehtab and Mayor Islamabad. The international greenfield airport had faced several delays in its construction for the past 13 years.
The first incoming flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) PK-300 from Karachi landed at the new airport at 11am, while, the first flight departed at 12:30.
The pilot of first flight waved Pakistan’s flag from the cockpit upon landing. A video was shared by PIA on its Twitter account which showed the pilot waving flag from cockpit window.
Y-shaped IIA is constructed at a cost of Rs100 billion and is located 30 kilometers from Islamabad and it is capable of serving around 9 million passengers and 50,000 metric ton of cargo.
It is built on 4,238 acres of land and spreads over 19 square kilometers specifically designed to facilitate passengers and stakeholders.