Pakistani capital to have new international airport
Apr 7, 2007 - 10:09:59 PM

Islamabad, April 7 - Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Saturday performed the ground-breaking ceremony of a $400 million modern airport project, which he said would prove as a step forward to turn Pakistan into a major regional hub for trade, tourism and communication.

Musharraf unveiled the plaque for the new airport at the town of Fateh Jang, 30 km southwest of the capital Islamabad.

The new airport would be the first green field, most modern and the biggest in the country, and likely to be built within four years, officials said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on the occasion that a consortium of renowned American, French and Singaporean companies would oversee the construction of the new airport.

Aziz said two contracts, one for the runway construction and the other for terminal building, would be awarded in a most transparent manner.

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority Farooq Rehmatullah said that the new airport would be able to handle an annual traffic of 6.5 million passengers and 100,000 tonnes of cargo.

Accordingly, the Civil Aviation Authority has acquired around 3,200 acres of land for the new airport.

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