Lahore Airport Is About To Expand
Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore is one of the busiest airplane terminals of Pakistan as it serves the residents of Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Narowal, Gujranwala, Gujrat, and Sialkot. With the progression of time and growing air activity, it's become a necessity to extend this airport to deal with more flights.
Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has planned the extension and number of hangers will be expanded from 7 to 22. This will build the yearly passenger limit of Lahore Airport from 6 million to 20 million. The extension will make the airport sufficient enough to handle passenger load for next 15 to 20 years.
The new Lahore Airport Expansion design has an inspiration from National Flower, Jasmine (Chambeli). The new terminal will have 4 arms like 4 petals of Jasmine Flower. Unique building has a Mughal-esque architecture but overall, it will be a mix of Spanish and Mughal Architecture.
Hangers in the terminal will be expanded from seven to twenty-two. The current terminal won't be demolished but will be extended. The current parking area will be changed into arrival and departure lounges and the square lawn in front of the terminal will be turned into a round shaped 3 story auto parking zone. The proposed new parking will have enough space to serve seamlessly in the peak hours.
The development contract has been granted to a Spanish Firm, TESPA International. The firm has recently worked on Madrid and Sao Paulo Airports successfully. The firm will finish the Lahore Airport Expansion in roughly 2.5 years. During the extension process, the road network in the surroundings will also be improved. This will ease the traffic movement on roads leading to the airport.
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