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:
Pakistan International Airlines
Cargo Airlines as of February 2014:
Lufthansa Cargo operated by AeroLogic
Maximus Air Cargo
Qatar Airways Cargo
Royal Airlines Cargo