Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, announced that the new international airport will become operation on August 14, 2017. In an interview with reporters from PTV, the country’s national broadcaster, Sharif said that the New Islamabad International Airport is being finalized at a “fast pace”.
Islamabad International Airport is poised to replace the existing Benazir Bhutto International Airport. After completion, it will become the first greenfield airport in the country, as well as the first capable of taking in the Airbus A380.
Built on an area of 3,289 acre, the airport will have two runways and have an initial capacity of 10 million passengers per year. The country’s Civil Aviation Authority is also envisioning the acquisition of additional 2,800 acres of land to build a third runway, according to Dawn.