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Allama Iqbal International Airport (IATA: LHE, ICAO: OPLA) is the second largest civil airport in Pakistan, serving Lahore, the capital of Punjab province. Originally known as Lahore International Airport, it was named after Muhammad Allama Iqbal, the poet-philosopher who was a major advocate for the creation of the state of Pakistan at its opening in March 2003.

The airport currently has three terminals: the Allama Iqbal terminal, the Hajj terminal, and a cargo terminal. The airport is located about 15 kilometres from the centre of the city. A total of 3,192,904 passengers have travelled through Allama Iqbal International Airport in 2009 making it the 2nd busiest airport in Pakistan.

On 5 March 2010, the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan released a tender for the expansion of the airport. The number of check-in desks will be doubled from 24 to 48, as will the number of immigration counters from 10 to 20. The terminal will also be expanded and the area which was strategically kept aside for future expansion.

Airlines operating to Lahore as of April 2014:
Airblue
Air Indus
Emirates
Eritrean Airlines
Etihad Airways
Flynas
Gulf Air
Kuwait Airways
Oman Air
Pakistan International Airlines
Qatar Airways
Saudia
Shaheen Air
Thai Airways
Turkish Airlines

Cargo Airlines as of February 2014:
Askari Aviation
Emirates SkyCargo
FitsAir
Lufthansa Cargo operated by AeroLogic
Maximus Air Cargo
Polet Airlines
Qatar Airways Cargo
Royal Airlines Cargo
TCS Couriers
Volga-Dnepr
 

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Allama Iqbal International Terminal Under Construction

Lead contractors

For the terminal complex the CAA awarded the main contract to Airsys ATM, leader of a consortium with J&P Overseas Ltd, an international building and civil engineering contractor.

Airsys ATM is a joint project from Thomson-CSF Airsys and Siemens, dedicated to air traffic management systems and airport development. The Airports Group in the UK was also awarded a $70m contract for airport systems construction.

The project was implemented by a consortium of Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P), responsible for civil and building works, and the Airports Group, responsible for the systems implementation. Airsys ATM and Thales ATM were responsible for the fabrication and installation of the air bridges at the new terminal.


Construction of the passenger terminal at Allama Iqbal International Airport.


Cranes tower over the project site


The Allama Iqbal International Airport project begins to take shape.


The work site.


The terminal building and road infrastructure during construction.


The terminal during construction.


The terminal is well constructed and is aesthetically pleasing.

Source: http://www.airport-technology.com/projects/lahore/
 

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Official Renders of Allama Iqbal International Airport

Original designs were loosely based on the Mughal heritage of the city such as the Badshahi Mosque (King's Mosque), Lahore.

The terminal was also to feature three pearl domes which were later axed.



 

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CAT III ILS Landing System to be installed at Lahore Airport

LAHORE: Passenger hardships may lessen in next fog season 2014-15 as the Civil Aviation Authority is all set to acquire multi-million dollar instrument landing system (ILS) to ensure safe landing of aircraft in fog or zero visibility at Lahore airport.

Officials told Dawn on Wednesday that the authorities concerned had taken the decision in principle and were awaiting approval from the CAA board.

Fog persists in Lahore a month in the winter season. Officials said about 1,000 PIA and foreign airlines flights get affected directly or indirectly in terms of diversion or delay. Officials said the authority would acquire the latest equipment (ILS CAT-III).

Source: http://m.dawn.com/news/1086731/plane-landing-system-in-fog
 

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This has to abe a CAT III (b) system right?

Earlier they used to complain that due to traffic near the airport northern end the system will be ineffective as it is very sensitive to external factors. How come they installing it now?

CAT III ILS Landing System to be installed at Lahore Airport

LAHORE: Passenger hardships may lessen in next fog season 2014-15 as the Civil Aviation Authority is all set to acquire multi-million dollar instrument landing system (ILS) to ensure safe landing of aircraft in fog or zero visibility at Lahore airport.

Officials told Dawn on Wednesday that the authorities concerned had taken the decision in principle and were awaiting approval from the CAA board.

Fog persists in Lahore a month in the winter season. Officials said about 1,000 PIA and foreign airlines flights get affected directly or indirectly in terms of diversion or delay. Officials said the authority would acquire the latest equipment (ILS CAT-III).

Source: http://m.dawn.com/news/1086731/plane-landing-system-in-fog
 

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Lahore Airport Expansion Approved

According to statement of Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Aviation Shujaat Azim:

"prime minister had approved a plan to expand Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.

It has been decided to increase the number of counters at the departure lounges of the Lahore and introduce a passenger-friendly immigration system."

Source: http://www.dawn.com/news/1090701/pm-approves-plan-for-pias-revival
 

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Expats who bring huge forex maltreated at airports: SC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday observed that the overseas Pakistanis who bring billions of dollars foreign exchange to the country were maltreated at airports.

Taking a strong exception to the poor handling of expatriates at the airports, the Supreme Court summoned the chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, resumed hearing into a suo moto case pertaining to poor handling of the overseas Pakistanis at the airports.

Read the full article here: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-30364-Expats-who-bring-huge-forex-maltreated-at-airports-SC
 

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Extension of the Lahore Airport

SLAMABAD: The top Turkish companies have offered to build the Karachi-Lahore Motorway, the new airport for Islamabad and undertake extension of the Lahore airport.

The chiefs of two major Turk companies, STFA and TAV, had a lengthy meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday at the PM House and announced to take part in the bid for the projects.

The CEOs of Turkish companies said their companies had expertise in management and expansion of airports and expressed their interest in investment in this sector in Pakistan.

Nawaz said Pakistan was initiating a transparent process for the management of the airports and all the international companies would be invited to compete. He said, “Keeping in view the demands of the customers, we want to develop our airports as per international standards.

Read more: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-29468-Turkish-firms-offer-to-build-Lahore-Karachi-Motorway-Islamabad-airport
 

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QATAR Airways in July 2014 plans to operate Boeing 787-8 aircraft on Doha – Lahore route, where it operates 4-5 times a week.

Planned operational days as follow.
01JUL14 – 13JUL14 Day x157 (LHE dep Day x126)
14JUL14 – 22JUL14 Day x357 (LHE dep Day x146)
23JUL14 – 31JUL14 Day x57 (LHE dep Day x16)

QR620 DOH2025 – 0200+1LHE EQV D
QR621 LHE0350 – 0545DOH EQV D

http://airlineroute.net/2014/05/07/qr-lhe-jul14update/
 
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