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New international airport in Pakistan

Islamabad airport's activity starting from tomorrow

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the new Islamabad International Airport yesterday.

The modern facility was thought of as a possible substitute for the "Benazir Bhutto International Airport" which in 2014 was defined by the travellers on the site "Sleeping in Airports" the worst airport in the world due to confusion, poor cleaning and lack of technological equipment. With large check-in areas, air lift bridges for boarding and an elegant glass windows entrance, the airport can handle the traffic of around 9 million passengers per year up to a maximum of 12 million passengers. The job sites for the preparation of the airport, proposed for the first time in the 1980s, had been set up in 2015 and finished only today. The project costs the equivalent of over 712 million euros.

Engaged for a long time in improving the transport system in Pakistan and determined to put a stop to the energy blackouts that have long plagued the country, the Abbasi government is investing billions of dollars in highways, power stations and dams across the country. Prime Minister's goal is to ensure that the new airport will be active within the next elections (probably in July). Such a plan could indeed represent a tangible and concrete sign of the economic progress of the great South Asian country, which with its 209 million inhabitants is the sixth most populous state in the world.

As Abbasi explained, the airport is of central importance in the Cino-Pakistani Economic Corridor (CPEC) and it would be the first airport built entirely in Pakistan. It will be active starting from tomorrow and it should become a new hub capable of facilitating and increasing connections in the region.

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