Sheikh Rashid Airport
|Operator||Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority|
|Serves||Bahawalpur District, Punjab|
|Elevation AMSL||392 ft / 119 m|
Bahawalpur Airport (IATA: BHV, ICAO: OPBW) is situated 2 nm (3.7 km) from the city centre of Bahawalpur, in lower Punjab, Pakistan. The airport mainly caters the city of Bahawalpur, however, the national carrier decided to launch international flights to the Middle East in July 2009. The airport extension project is being supervised by the Dubai Civil Aviation Department.
The airport was re-developed from funds of the United Arab Emirates government. A new terminal has been constructed and was renamed after the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who helped fund and oversee its construction. On 9 November 2002 the first portion of 4,400-foot (1,300 m)-long runway of the Bahawalpur airport was opened. A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Fokker F27 Friendship landed at the airport from Islamabad. The entire expenditure of the project is estimated to be Rs 260 million and most of it was borne by the ruler of Dubai. During November 2004, contractors began working on re-developing the old airport into a more modern and advanced facility.
During the year 2005, he said the PIA had earned a record revenue of Rs 150 million, which was double as compared to the year 2004 from operating at this airport. On 21 January 2007, Phase two of the airport was inaugurated and Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, opened the facility and viewed the new amenities including the departures and arrivals halls.
The new building was named after late Dubai Emir, Sheikh Rashid Terminal, who also funded majority of the project. The airport has a concourse hall for arrival of approximately 60 to 70 passengers and departure lounges for about 140 passengers with several rooms for offices of the airport and airline managers, which was not available at the old building. Besides that, there is also a Commercially Important Persons (CIP) lounge instead of a VIP lounge. According to airport manager Tahir Ahsan, the CIP lounge has been constructed to do away with the "VIP culture", where any premium passenger can use the lounge. There are also food outlets provided and the new traffic control tower has also been built within the building.
There are many cameras installed in the building to monitor the movement of passengers. A flight information system was also introduced in the building. All parts of the building are air-conditioned. A royal lounge has also been built adjacent to the main terminal building. The lounge will be reserved for princes and members of the royal family whenever they visit the city. A parking lot has been built outside the building after converting the surrounding sandy area into lush green lawns.
The airport consists of arrival and departure halls, new airline offices, logistics, engineering and security support centres as well as cargo areas and passenger and cargo aircraft-parking bays. The airport extension project is being supervised by the Dubai Civil Aviation Department as well as the Defence Ministry of Pakistan. The recent extension of the airport was set to streamline air cargo operations and boost agricultural exports from the Punjab province.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Indus||Karachi , Lahore|
|Pakistan Aviators & Aviation||Charter : Lahore|
|Pakistan International Airlines||Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore|
Incidents and accidents
- On 17 August 1988 a Pakistan Air Force Lockheed C-130B Hercules carrying the President of Pakistan Zia-ul-Haq and many top diplomats took off from the airport. Shortly after take-off the aircraft lost control and caught fire on impact with the ground. All on board were killed. However, many believe the crash was actually a sabotage yet this was never proven.
- List of airports in Pakistan
- Airlines of Pakistan
- Transport in Pakistan
- Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
- AIP Pakistan: OPBW – Bahawalpur
- Airport information for OPBW at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for BHV at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Bahawalpur airport runway opens Dawn Newspapers. Published 10 November 2002. Accessed 21 June 2009
- Two more Boeing flights added to Bahawalpur Airport
- "The Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Airport extension inaugurated in Punjab". Emirates News Agency, WAM. 20 January 2007.
- "Rashid Airport, phase two opens". AME Info. 21 January 2007.
- New airport may take off by March-end
- Hamdan inaugurates new airport terminal in Bahawalpur
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