New airport to be constructed in Peshawar: Aviation Minister
PESHAWAR: Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan Friday said the government would construct new airport in Peshawar to address the issues of passengers at Baacha Khan International Airport (BKIAP).
Addressing a press conference at BKIAP, he said that efforts would be made to select a suitable site outside the city keeping in view air traffic and passenger load. He said that three sites were under consideration for construction of new airport, adding survey of selected sites has also been conducted.
The minister said the problems including car parking at BKIAP have also been raised in both houses of the parliament and his visit was aimed to resolve them.
He said that it would be ensured that agricultural land should not be made part of the new airport and minimum people be dislocated.
The minister said that losses of Pakistan International Airlines had been decreased and its revenue was being increased. He informed that revenue of PIA is Rs 146 billion against its expenditures of Rs 157 billion. While the losses of the last year were Rs 32 billion.
The minister informed that due to incessant efforts of the government four grounded planes have been made operational. – APP