RAWALPINDI - The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has made significant infrastructural changes at Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport in order to bring it at par with international airports. These infrastructural changes included construction of link taxiway Delta, facility of terminal building/concourse hall, fast track, redesigning of existing car parking/link routes for passengers, construction of new car park for airport functionaries and redesigning of business lounge (Old Rawal Lounge).

Improved facilities at airport not only provided convenience to passengers but also helped airlines in saving time and huge fuel costs, informed BBIIAP Manager Afsar Malik at a press briefing held at airport yesterday. He was flanked by PSO to Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Aviation Aftab Gilani and Deputy Director Information Fariha Shah and other CAA officials. Afsar Malik said that safety and efficiency of aircraft operation was the primary objective of CAA. However, the absence of linked taxiway towards the end of runway was causing hurdles in efficient operation of aircraft on BBIIAP. He said that earlier the airport had only two taxiways in the middle of runway which resulted in backtracking of every landing aircraft.

This took more than 5 minutes to vacate active runway, which further caused delays to aircraft on ground and also in air. Keeping these factors in view, a strategic decision was taken to develop link taxiway “D” for the rapid exit of aircraft from active runway. This taxiway was developed at a cost of Rs 200 million, BBIIAP Manager informed. On a query, he said that CAA flight operations would remained suspended in different times till September 7 because of Pakistan Air Force’s preparations for celebrating Defence Day.