Lahore Airport Expansion Project
Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore is one of the busiest airports of Pakistan as it provides services to the residents of Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Narowal and Sialkot. With the passage of time and increasing air traffic, it’s now required to expand Lahore Airport to handle more flights at the same time.
Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has planned the expansion of terminal building and number of hangers will be increased from 7 to 22. This will increase the annual passenger capacity of Lahore Airport from 6 million to 20 million. This will be sufficient to cater the passenger load for next 15 to 20 years.
New Design for Lahore Airport Expansion Project
The new design of Lahore Airport Expansion Project has inspiration from National Flower, Jasmine or locally called as Chambeli. Airport will have 4 arms similar to 4 platters of Jasmine Flower. Original building has Mughal architectural features. But new airport will have blend of Spanish and Mughal Architecture.
Hangers in the main terminal building will be increased from seven to twenty two. The present terminal building will not be demolished but will be expanded. The current parking area will be converted to arrival and departure lounges. Square lawn in front of airport will be converted to round shape 3 storey car parking area. It will be ensured that car parking space is sufficient to serve in the peak hours.
The construction contract has been awarded to international Spanish Firm, TESPA International. The firm has already worked on the construction of Madrid and Sao Paulo Airports. The firm will complete the Lahore Airport Expansion Project in approximately 2.5 years. During the expansion of Lahore Airport, nearby road network will also be improved. This will also help to ease traffic congestion on the roads leading to Lahore Airport.