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Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:14 am

PESHAWAR: CAA Needs 10 Acres of Army Land For Airport Expansion

By Zulfiqar Ali

PESHAWAR, March 30:
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) needs to acquire some 10 acres of land from the military authorities at a high security zone on the main Khyber Road for expansion of the Peshawar International Airport, it is learnt reliably.

Official sources told Dawn that NWFP Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani, in a meeting held in January last, had assured the CAA that land would be acquired from the military authorities to initiate work on the long-awaited project of the airport, being used simultaneously for civilian and military purposes.

They said the governor was likely to take up the matter with the quarter master general of the Pakistan Army. The meeting, they said, had been delayed due to engagements of the governor.

An official said that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) had agreed in principle to provide a portion of its base for the expansion project, but military authorities were yet to give the nod and the CAA had left the matter for the governor to settle.

According to the sources, the CAA wanted to obtain some 10 acres of land in front of the main terminal building of the airport along the Khyber Road. They said that existing car-parking area, adjacent to the terminal building, would be shifted to the new site if the army agreed to provide the land.Officials said that existing infrastructure at the airport was inadequate to cope with the growing air traffic and passenger load at the airport. The CAA handles about 35 domestic and international flights per day while the quantum of passenger traffic has reached about one million annually.

Provincial government is demanding construction of new airport and site was also identified for the project on the Kohat Road. But the CAA is not in favour of constructing a new airport and suggested to expand the existing infrastructure.

Sajjid Habib, a senior official at the CAA headquarters who is looking after the proposed expansion project of the airport, told Dawn that the matter was likely to be resolved within the next few months.

"Once the CAA obtains the land from the army, expansion work would be launched soon," he said, adding that the CAA was constructing a mini-runway to cope with the growing air traffic at the Peshawar airport. About 6,000 feet long parallel mini-runway is constructed at the airport to further increase landing and take-off capacity.

Under the proposed expansion project, a new terminal building would be constructed and the car-parking area would be shifted to the new site. Sources said that the CAA had identified site to provide accommodation facilities to some 400 personnel of the Airport Security Force (ASF) who had been living in tents for the last 25 years.

Both organisations had a dispute over 34 kanals of land presently occupied by the ASF. The CAA officials said that the dispute had been resolved and they would get possession of the site soon.

Source: DAWN

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Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:25 pm

According to a private Pakistani news channel, government has allocated money (sorry I forgot exact amount) to initiate Peshawar Airport renovaton work.

Awaiting further details of the project.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:42 am

PESHAWAR: Airport Expansion Plan In Doldrums

PESHAWAR, June 21:
The government has allocated Rs5 billion for the expansion of the Peshawar International Airport but the project cannot be executed due to non-availability of land.

This was stated by Deputy Director General Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Air Vice-Marshal Sajid Habib at a training workshop organised for journalists here on Saturday. The workshop was held to build capacity of journalists regarding aircraft accident investigations.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Habib said the government had no plan to construct new airport in the provincial capital because of non-availability of suitable site and the existing airport would be expanded. For this purpose, he said, the government had earmarked an amount of Rs5 billion. Under the proposed project apron, taxi area and passengers' terminal would be expanded. He said that non-availability of land was the major hindrance in the expansion of the airport.

He said the CAA was negotiating with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Pakistan Army to provide the required land for the airport.

He said that a parallel mini runway was being constructed at the airport to accommodate traffic.

The CAA has approached both army and the PAF to provide land for the expansion of the airport, which is utilised for civil aviation and strategic purposes simultaneously. Officials said the PAF had agreed to provide land for the project but military had yet to decide.

The plan for constructing new airport in Peshawar was floated in early 2000 and surveys were conducted. Sites were identified but ministry of defence abandoned the plan and directed the CAA to expand the existing facility.

Mr Habib said the CAA was making Dera Ismail Khan Airport functional. He said that work on the new Islamabad airport was in progress and the project was likely to be completed by 2010. Estimated cost of the project was Rs38 billion, adding that growing oil prices could further escalate the cost. After Islamabad airport, work on the airport at New Gwadar would be started.

Regarding the workshop, he said, the main objective of the event was to provide non-technical overview of the process of the aircraft accidents investigation and to build a public confidence in air travel.

Source: DAWN

Rs 5bn Allocated To Expand Peshawar Airport


By Daud Khattak

PESHAWAR: Deputy Director General Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Air Vice Marshal Sajid Habib has said that an amount of five billion rupees has been allocated to expand and develop Peshawar airport.

A parallel runway would be constructed at the airport as the existing one is used both for landing and take off. This would save time as well as fuel, said Habib while replying to questions from journalists at the conclusion of a one-day seminar organised by CAA here on Saturday.

He said work on expansion of Peshawar airport would be started soon. The new developmental plan was also meant to provide more facilities to passengers, said the officer.

Regarding the construction of new airport in the city, Sajid Habib said no space was available inside the city to build a new airport. He said Dera Ismail Khan airport would be re-opened shortly.

He said an amount of Rs 37 billion had been allocated for construction of new Islamabad airport. However, the estimated cost might go up due to increase in construction cost. He said construction of the new Islamabad airport would be completed in December 2010.

Regarding closure of several airports in the country, Sajid Habib said some of those were closed due to law and order situation while others were not getting enough passengers.

He said recently imposed Rs 20 airport entrance tax was being reviewed and possibly would be waived off.

Earlier, General Manager Technical Investigations Syed Naseem Ahmad informed journalists on Aircraft Accident Investigations. The seminar was organised to train journalists on factual reporting regarding investigations into aircraft accidents.

Nasim informed journalists with the help of slides, photographs and by presenting some sample pieces of reporting as how to report an air accident. He said a report should not be based on speculations which might affect the concerned organisation, company and the government.

Nasim said the purpose of the media workshop was to interact with media men and to build up public confidence in air travel and safety investigation through media. He said air had become the safest mode of travel due to improvement in design of aircrafts, standby systems, air traffic control, in-flight fire containment development, ground proximity warning system and traffic alert collision avoidance system.

He said the ratio of aircraft accidents was going down over the years. Nowadays, mostly human causes were involved in air accidents instead of mechanical faults.

Source: Daily Times
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Post by PK777 » Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:55 am

An extention on the current terminal.?? whats the point of that? Why not make a more modern one and convert the old one into the domestic terminal.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:19 pm

Governor Hails CAA Proposals To Expand Capacity Of Peshawar Airport

PESHAWAR, Sept 25 (APP):
The NWFP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, while appreciating a proposal of Civil Aviation Authority to expand the capacity of Peshawar International Airport has stressed the need of expediting the efforts not only to materialize the project at the earliest but also to look into the possibility to construct an additional airport in the province to meet the demand on long term basis in this respect.

Presiding over a high level meeting at Governor's House, Peshawar on Thursday, which besides others was also attended by Chief Secretary, Sahibzada Riaz Noor, Quartermaster General of Pakistan Army, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Afzal Muzzafar and the Director General of Civil Aviation Authority, Air Vice Marshal, Sajid Habib, the Governor said, "almost 95% strength of the existing air traffic load at the Peshawar International Port is foreign bound".

Apart from this, he added, quite a good number of foreign bound passengers, hailing from this province are also compelled to travel long distances to take flights, especially because of lack of facilities and keeping in view the given realities, it has become must to further up-grade and enhance the air traveling facilities in the province.

"We must have to explore every possibility to facilitate the passengers and enhance the capacity of air traffic system", he said.

He also described the willingness of a number of new airlines to start their services from Peshawar International Airport a welcoming sign in this connection and said that creation of possibility to accommodate their requests, would also significantly contribute to generate additional economic activities in the province.

Meanwhile, the meeting reviewed a proposal to arrange additional land to pave way for creating the possibility to expand the jurisdictions of Peshawar Airport and enhance its facilities.

It was principally agreed upon to provide a chunk of 52 kanals land on the western side of the Peshawar Airport, just along the Khyber Road and on completion of the expansion project, possibility will be made available to re-locate the existing establishments and enhance the parking facilities for three additional passenger aeroplane at a time at the airport.

Besides, it was added, standard of existing facilities, meant for passengers will also be further increased. Similarly, it was added, tenders for implementation on another project of similar nature have already been floated under which capacity for landing and taxiing of additional aeroplanes is also being increased.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:57 pm

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ISLAMABAD (November 08 2009): During the question hour in National Assembly, Defence Minister Chaudhary Ahmad Mukhtar said that there were plans for up-gradation and expansion of Peshawar Airport.

The CAA was making efforts to acquire the land which owned by army and PAF for expansion, he added. "A concept plan has been developed and CAA is making efforts to acquire land for expansion."

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Re: Peshawar Airport Expansion Project

Post by haquekhan6 » Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:54 pm

They should build a new modern terminal and not expand the current one. That can be used for other things. It doesnt have to be big, it can be small and modern. Many small airports in the world are examples of that.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:47 pm

ISLAMABAD, Oct 28 (APP): To a question of Senator Zahid Khan about the status of expansion plan of Peshawar Airport, the Minister for Defence Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said, two meetings about it had been held, however, he added , the Civil Aviation Authority had no such money for purchase of land for the plan.

On this the ANP Senator Haji Adeel objected and said that if the CAA had money for expansion work in Benazir Bhutto Airport Islamabad then why not for Peshawar airport. Senator Zahid Khan said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is ready to purchase land for the expansion plan of the airport but the CAA should start its construction on expansion plan.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:46 am

Bacha Khan Airport to be Expanded

PESHAWAR, Feb 28:
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to expand the Bacha Khan International Airport and acquire land for it from the federal government through the defence ministry.

It also decided to convene a meeting of all stakeholders for advice on the matter for the federal government`s consideration and consent.

The decisions were made during a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti here on Tuesday.

Participants urged the relevant authorities to take practical steps for the airport`s expansion and development, and ensure availability of facilities there.

The chief minister said Bacha Khan International Airport would assume importance in the region after improvement in peace and stability.-Bureau Report

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Re: Peshawar Airport Expansion Project

Post by TAILWIND » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:27 pm

with an average of 15 arrivals and so many departures, do we really need to have a new airport with two runways????. This 5b be spent on other much needed requirments, health care or education for that matter.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:46 pm

Probably they also want to have separate runways for civilian and military flights like Quetta Airport?

I've seen some Peshawar Airport videos where PIA aircraft are seen waiting for PAF aircraft to takeoff or land or to clear runway.

I think the main of aim of this project will be construction of a completely new and modern terminal building for Peshawar Airport and enable the airport to handle more number of flights at a time.

In photos, the current terminal building of Peshawar Airport looks very small and I think as airport of provincial capital it needs expansion of existing terminal building or construction of a completely new terminal building to handle possible air traffic growth and to provide modern facilities to passengers.

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Re: Peshawar Airport Expansion Project

Post by malpensa26 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:31 am

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PESHAWAR, March 10: Despite having small apron and inadequate facilities for travellers, the number of passengers at Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar, has witnessed an upward trend.

Sources at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that regardless of limited facilities the number of arriving and departing passengers was 912,744 during last year and anticipated that by expanding terminal and other facilities the figure could touch one million in the near future. Various airlines operated a total of 8,888 international flights from Peshawar for different countries in 2011.

"Peshawar has a strong future because of its location and it can provide more business on international front, provided proper space and facilities are arranged at the airport," said an official, adding that increase in number of flights could generate employment opportunities in the region.

He said that presently seven international airlines from the Middle East were operating flights for the provincial capital while three domestic airlines, including Pakistan International Airlines, were also providing service on international and domestic routes from Peshawar.

The official said that an airline based in Saudi Arabia had been negotiating with the CAA to start service for Peshawar. The company, he said, was demanding five flights a week while the CAA had offered three.

He said that the CAA could not manage more flights due to limited parking, logistic, loading, unloading, fueling and light maintenance facilities at the airport. Called Peshawar International Airport until recently this airport was given international status in 1976. A portion of the airport is being used by Pakistan Air Force, Army Aviation and Peshawar Flying Club.

The sources said that the airport had a passenger lounge with 360 seating capacity for international flights. "We can't accommodate two wide-body aircraft simultaneously because of lack of space," said another official.

These sources said that besides insufficient facilities, the fragile security situation in the region was also hampering international flights. International companies had suspended flights for Peshawar due to security reasons in mid-2009, which had badly affected the business. These airlines resumed service after situation improved.

"Passengers' rush had declined drastically when foreign companies diverted flights to Islamabad," said an official, adding that the gap had been covered since international airlines restarted service.

Officials said that the CAA had planned to acquire land for the expansion of the airport. Recently, the matter was discussed in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti.

Information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain had later said that the chief minister would take up the matter in coming meetings of the Council of Common Interests and Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee. He said that all stakeholders had agreed to expand the airport. The meeting was informed that that CAA needed 6.5 acres for the project and it would cost Rs6 billion to Rs8 billon.

Sources said that plan to build new airport had been dropped and the CAA was looking for acquisition of land from the army through the ministry of defence for expansion of the existing airport.

They said that another airport in Peshawar was not feasible technically and financially. Roughly, they said, a new airport required over Rs40 billion. The sources said that the army had agreed to sell out land for the project and the provincial
government would also take up issue with the concerned quarters.

A source privy to the meeting told Dawn that military had demanded Rs50 million per kanal. He said that presently the price per kanal in Cantonment area was Rs20 million. "Army has agreed to provide land after its reservations about expansion of the
airport were removed," he said.

Under the proposed plan, a multi-storey parking facility, terminals equipped with arrival-departure tubes, aprons and other basic facilities would be constructed, if the land was provided.

If the existing airport was expanded properly it could meet requirements for next three to four decades, said an official at the CAA, adding that the proposed project could be completed in two years.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:45 pm

an airline based in Saudi Arabia had been negotiating with the CAA to start service for Peshawar. The company, he said, was demanding five flights a week while the CAA had offered three.
Probably Nas Air ?

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Peshawar Airport Terminal Building Extension Project

Post by Abbas Ali » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:49 pm

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) advertisement in today's (June 6) newspaper.

Extension of Terminal Building at Bacha Khan International Air Port (BKIAP) - Peshawar

Notice for Pre-Qualification of Contractors


1. Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has planned to undertake the subject work to improve, expand and renovate the existing terminal building at BKIAP, Peshawar, for convenience of passengers.

2. The components of the works shall consist of but not limited to the following:

* Passenger Terminal

Construction of new Domestic Departure and Arrival Lounge, complete renovation with expansion of Arrival Lounge/Departure Lounge, Check-in Areas, existing public concourse on the landside and remodeling of toilets and existing officers facilities/services.

* Furniture

Provision of check-in counters, lounges furniture, office furniture as per CAA standard design.

* Baggage conveyors and other E&M equipment.
* Relocation/extenstion of utilities (electrical, telecommunication, plumbing fire fighting and HVAC).
* Interior and finishing works.

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Re: Peshawar Airport Terminal Building Extension Project

Post by malpensa26 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:01 am

great news for Peshawar ..i hope they involve the private sector :thumbs_up: