ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari Friday said that the need for constructing a new state-of-the-art airport for Islamabad is being felt for quite some time as the existing airport is unable to meet the growing requirements of passengers and cargo. He made these remarks in a briefing held in the Presidency to review the progress on the new Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad project. Acting Director General Civil Aviation Authority AVM Riaz-ul-Haq gave the briefing. The meeting chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari was attended by Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar, Federal Minister for Defence, Khalil Ahmed, Ambassador-at-Large, Secretary to President Malik Asif Hayat, Federal Secretaries of Finance and Planning Divisions, Chairman CDA Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, MD PIAC Capt Nadeem Khan Yousafzai, Chairman NHA Muhammad Junaid, and other senior officials besides Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar. Later, spokesperson to the President, Farhatullah Babar, said that it was informed that Benazir Bhutto International Airport would become operational by June 2013 when dry test runs will begin. He said that the President, during the meeting, reiterated the commitment of the present government to improve countrys communication infrastructure of rail, roads, ports and the airports. The President further directed that special arrangements be made to make the new international airport secure and safe keeping in view the fact that militants targeted such facilities frequented by the pubic.