Sialkot International Airport

Sialkot International Airport

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Sialkot International Airport

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Sialkot International Airport (colloquially known as Sialkot Airport) is situated 14 km (8.7 mi) west of Sialkot in the Sialkot District of Pakistan. It has the distinctions of being the first privately-owned public airport in Pakistan and South Asia and of having the longest runway in Pakistan and South Asia.

Approximately 1,000,000 travellers from Sialkot and adjacent areas are expected to benefit from this international airport each year.

Recently it has been confirmed that the airport will be developed further, the apron will be extended to accommodate 12 aircraft and jet bridges will be installed.

History

The export oriented industrial city of Sialkot had long felt the need of an international passenger and cargo airport. The nearest one was in Lahore which is about 125 km away. The federal government promised the industrialists of Sialkot an international airport but due to bureaucratic red-tape, indifference by the government and more importantly its proximity to Indian administered Kashmir and the periodic shelling from across the border, no work could be started. Finally, tired of foot-dragging, Sialkot's industrialists in the late 80's agreed to build the airport themselves and sought the federal government's approval. On February 2, 2001, approval was granted after a decade of negotiations with the federal government and construction of an international airport at Sialkot for passenger and cargo traffic began. A team of directors was...
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