Quetta International Airport
is located at Quetta
, the provincial capital of Balochistan
. The airport is the fourth highest airport in Pakistan (1605 meters above sea level). It is second largest airport in south region of the country, however the largest for the province of Balochistan
. It is situated 12 km south-west of the city spread over an area of . Average scheduled flights were 1332, non schedule flights 247, and total passenger flow was 152698 were recorded for the year 2007.
The airport is linked to local cities as well as central hubs domestically by several airlines. International services are at present solely carried out by the national carrier, PIA
, although the city has been served by regional carriers like Iran Aseman Airlines
and Ariana Afghan Airlines
in the in past.
The airport like many airports in pre-independence days were mainly a small airstrip offering air operations on behalf of the British Empire
. After independence, the national carrier of Pakistan launched Karachi-Quetta-Lahore flights in 1954. This led to the development of a new runway that was constructed by a French company during 1958. Fokker F-27 Friendship
flights initiated in 1964. This meant a new apron had to be constructed to deal with this larger prop aircraft in 1968. Due to the growth of the airport and number of passengers travelling through it, PIA launched Boeing
flights from the airport in... Read More