Friday, 11 May 2012

Faisalabad Airport to be upgraded by businessman

The Faisalabad Airport will be upgraded with the help of local businessmen on the pattern of Sialkot Airport, enabling the PIA and other airlines to start their international flights and provide cargo facilities to local exporters and importers.
Faisalabad Airport to be upgraded by businessman

Talking to The News, Commissioner Syed Tahir Hussain said that appropriate arrangements for expansion of the airport with a huge cost of Rs 1,200 million would be made to ensure safe and efficient landing and parking of Boing-777 and airbuses. He said that being a textile hub of the country, Faisalabad deserved adequate airport facilities commensurable with its status. The commissioner said that he had recently informed the representatives and office-bearers of various trade bodies, including the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, All Pakistan Cloth Exporters Association, All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association, the Faisalabad Development Trust, Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development and Management Company, Anjuman-e-Tajran, the Civil Aviation, and other authorities concerned. He added that it was resolved in the meeting that the upgradation project should be taken up as early as possible.

He disclosed that industrialists and businessmen were of the view that a company should be constituted with 51 per cent controlling shares of the Civil Aviation Authority and 49 per cent shares of the local industrial and business community for efficient and effective operation of international flights from Faisalabad Airport and a comprehensive provision for timely lifting of air cargo.

The commissioner said that after long deliberations, it was decided that the industrialists and other participants of meeting should sit together and formulate viable proposals/suggestions for the uplift and development of the Faisalabad Airport and submit the proposals in 4-5 days so that these could be discussed in the next meeting.

The airport manager informed the meeting that presently single departure and arrival lounge was available for international and domestic operations at airport.

The parking is available for one airbus or two B-737s, while the required length of runway for Boing-777 was lacking and similarly the parking bay for Boeing is inadequate, he added. He said that the PIA would enhance its international operation from Faisalabad Airport subject to renovation of the existing facilities and the cargo airlifting facilities would also be made available.

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