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ISLAMABAD AIRPORT HISTORY

Benazir Bhutto International Airport (IATA: ISB, ICAO: OPRN) is the third-largest airport in Pakistan, serving the capital Islamabad and its twin city Rawalpindi in the province of Punjab. Previously known as the Islamabad International Airport, The airport is actually located outside of Islamabad, in the area of Chaklala, Rawalpindi. Being the main airport for the Pakistani capital it often hosts officials and citizens from other nations.

 


1930

Benazir Bhutto International Airport was known as “Chaklala Airbase”

1948

Pak Airways and Orient Airways commenced their operation with DC-3 and conveyor (DCA) type of aircrafts

1958

The Airport gained significant importance after the shifting of the capital from Karachi to Islamabad

1963

Pakistan International Airlines, the National Flag carrier started its International operation

1972

VVIP/VIP Lounges (State & Executive Lounges) and Operational Control Centre were constructed

1974

R/W 12/30 (9000x 150 ft) and 6 parking bays were prepared

1983

Personal Announcement and Flight Information Display System was introduced

1984

Separate Hajj Lounge was constructed for intending pilgrims to holy land for Pre and Post Hajj

1999

RADAR & Automatic Message Switching System Operation started

2003 - 2004

Extension & Renovation of Executive (Rawal) Lounge completed

2005

Additional aircraft that provided aid for the devastating earthquake affected people of AJK and KPK

2007

The plan to construct a new airport for Islamabad

2008 - 2009

Over 3,136,664 passengers used BBIAP and 34,025 aircraft movements were registered

2010

28 July 2010, Airblue Flight 202

2012

20 April 2012, the Bhoja Air flight BHO-213 Boeing 737

2013 - 2014

Strengthening of Security arrangements and infrastructure after the incident of 09/11


REFERENCES:

  1. www.caapakistan.com.pk
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benazir_Bhutto_International_Airport
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Islamabad_International_Airport
  5. www.historyofpia.com