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SIALKOT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LIMITED
Sialkot is one of the most progressive cities of the country, famous for manufacturing and exporting sports goods, leather products, surgical instruments, gloves, cutlery etc. all over the world. The exporters and business community had demonstrated great success by establishing and operating the first private sector Dry Port at Sambrial and they were determined to build an International Airport at Sialkot.
At present, airports at Lahore and Islamabad provide the facility to the project area, but both of them are too distant for practicality or comfort. For the numerous industrialists sending and receiving cargo to and from destinations around the globe or large number of air-travelers, the benefits of an international airport closer at home are many.
From the point of view of business, the Sialkot International Airport project has many plus points. To begin with is its ideal location. The potential for an international airport in the area has been appreciated for a long time. And over the years, air cargo and passenger needs of the districts that would be using the airport have grown manifold.
For the business community, the airport will bring an end to long delays, damage to goods or packing due to multiple handling, pilferage, security concerns and other losses. The airport will also be a welcome convenience for local and foreign business executives and other air-travelers who will be saved long road journeys from distant airports.
Sialkot International Airport is destined to become the first choice for large volumes of air cargo and passenger traffic that already exists in the areas around it. Furthermore, the full export potential of the region will be realized with the establishment of an airport, making many new markets and sectors accessible and generating more business.
The 1037-acre site is 14 km west of Sialkot with existing road links to Wazirabad, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Narowal, Sialkot city, Sialkot Export Processing Zone and Sialkot Dry Port.
The Government of Pakistan extended a soft loan of Rs 230 million for land acquisition, which has been completed and the entire land is now in possession of SIAL. A comprehensive program for improving the existing road links has been launched for speedier access.
The new International Airport is being constructed by SIAL, a public limited company formed by them on self help basis, a unique initiative in the aviation world. The airport is located on a green field site of 1037 acres and has been targeted to be ready for Cargo and Domestic Flights by March 2007, whereas international passenger flights will operate by December 2007. A strategy has been adopted which will allow incremental expansion of the airport’s facilities without creating a need to re-build the existing areas. This strategy will provide flexibility to accommodate increasing air traffic in future.
SIAL engaged the expertise of NESPAK to develop the master plan for Sialkot International Airport and after much deliberation and consultation a fully integrated plan was finalized. The plan has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority and meets all requirements of national and international regulations and standards. The Airport Master Plan envisages phased development of facilities. Essential facilities to make the airport fully functional will be developed in Phase 1.
With NESPAK as consultants and a number of reputable firms as contractors for different segments, SIAL is speedily developing the buildings and infrastructure included in the master plan of the international airport.
March 26, 2005 was a historic day for SIAL as the first plane landed on its runway that is nearing completion. Work on the Air Traffic Control tower, the cargo terminal and the apron are in advanced stages of construction. Work on the passenger terminal has commenced.