Ahsan Iqbal, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives said on Saturday that the New Gwadar International Airport will open on March 23 of next year.
The minister announced while chairing a conference to finalize the fee pricing plan for Balochistan’s airports to increase traffic volumes and improve the provinces’ aviation connectivity.
In March of next year, the planning minister directed competent authorities to facilitate the inauguration and transfer of flying operations from the old Gwadar Airport to the new Gwadar Airport. “On Pakistan Day, it will be a present for the people of Balochistan,” he continued.
To improve Balochistan’s connectivity with the Middle East, the minister also announced that international flight operations from Quetta airport will be expanded by August 14 this year.
The committee was also informed that PIA operates 30 flights per week to three Balochistan cities.
The meeting was attended by Advisor Maritime Affairs Jawad Khokhar, Additional Secretary Planning Dawood Muhammad, Secretary Aviation, Balochistan Chief Secretary, Pakistan International Airlines CEO, and Civil Aviation Authority deputy director-general.
The airport is one of the important initiatives under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is worth mentioning (CPEC).
For international and domestic services, the new airport will be able to accommodate larger aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing -747 and 777.