ISLAMABAD: New Islamabad International Airport will open its doors to the public on Independence Day (August 14) 2017, aviation officials informed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here at the PM House on Friday.

The meeting informed that almost 82 per cent work on the airport has been completed and efforts are in place to complete the project within the allocated financial resources.

The project is divided into three main packages of airside, passenger terminal as well as landside.

The prime minister was informed about the peripheral facilities - including link roads, water facilities, provision of natural gas, electricity as well as commuting facilities for the airport.

Officials concerned also told the prime minister that Ramma Dam and Kasana Dam will supply water for the new airport and will be completed soon.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Nawaz expressed the hope that the New Islamabad International Airport will be an icon of professional excellence. He also directed to ensure that all the international standards be strictly followed while executing the project.

“I am sure that the New Islamabad International Airport will be a regional hub of air passengers and travelers,” the prime minister said. He directed that Islamabad/Rawalpindi Metro be connected to the new airport to facilitate the community.

The meeting was also briefed on the extension of Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore. The prime minister was briefed on different state-of-the-art designs proposed for the extension.

The prime minister, while approving the proposed designs, directed to start the work for the extension of Allama Iqbal International Airport.