Islamabad International Airport will have its first flight today. Finally the wait is almost over as the new Islamabad International Airport is just one step closer to being fully operational. Last year, we have seen some delays and controversies regarding its developments. But, now we will witness its first test flight today (Saturday, 7th of April 2018).
On the other side, the official inauguration of the airport is expected on 20th April 2018.
It is important to mention here that after official inauguration of the new Islamabad International Airport, flights from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport will be transferred to the new Airport.
In order to test its operational potential the first stimulation flight at the new airport will be conducted today.
In today’s simulation exercise there are many participants who have been invited for the first test run. Moreover, it will obviously include PIA personnel, their families, crew members, the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), Airport Security Force.
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There will be a complete test out of all main areas from passenger check-ins, baggage handling, and boarding to taking-off and landing a plane.
At the entrance, the entrants will have to go by a 5-level security check before getting their boarding passes. The security check is conducted by ASF and ANF personnel.
Approximately 250 people, the majority of which are family members of PIA employees, will perform this preliminary exercise. The invited parties are issued special passes for the occasion.
Back to the airport structure, there are several facilities at the Islamabad International Airport including mini-cinemas, a food court, and play area for children, facilitated waiting lounges, and much more.
It will also have handicap facility and offer wheel-chairs for disabled people. Such passengers will be boarded on the plane using on-site lifts.
Moreover, its parking area can house up to 2,500 vehicles. There is a separate area which has been reserved for vehicles of airport employees as well.
Musharraf Rasool Cyan, PIA’s CEO will personally look out the new airport’s performance and will be present during today’s mock exercise.