Faisalabad International Airport

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Faisalabad International Airport
فیصل آباد انٹرنیشنل ایئر پورٹ
Faisalabad Airport logo.jpg
Faisalabad Airport Terminal Pakistan.jpg


LYP is located in Pakistan
Location of airport in Pakistan
Airport type Public
Operator Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
Serves Faisalabad
Location Punjab, Pakistan
Elevation AMSL 607 ft / 185 m
Coordinates 31°21′54″N 072°59′41″E / 31.36500°N 72.99472°E / 31.36500; 72.99472
Website Faisalabad International Airport
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,826 9,272 Concrete
Statistics (2008)
Passengers 149,036 (Decrease 18.3%)
Aircraft movements 1,994 (Decrease 21.3%)
Cargo handled 676 M. Tons
Source: World Aero Data DAFIF[1][2]
Statistics from the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority[3]

Faisalabad International Airport (IATA: LYPICAO: OPFA) is situated on Jhang Road, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away from the city centre of Faisalabad, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It operates to cater to the population of Faisalabad, Jaranwala, Jhang, Chiniot, Gojra, Dijkot, Khurrianwala, Sangla Hill, Toba Tek Singh, Chenab Nagar, Sargodha, Bhawana, Chak Jhumra, Khichian, Jahangir Klan, and Lalian.


Early years[edit]

The airport traces into origins back to the time when the land was ruled by the British Raj. The founder of the city decided that Faisalabad had a strategic position within the British Empire. In 1942, the local government gave permission for the construction of a bricked strip measuring 5000' by 100'. Various regional aircraft used the strip and it played a role in the fighting and evacuation of the war of independence.[4] The airport was originally known as Lyallpur airfield and had been known as such until the late seventies when the city was renamed to Faisalabad.[5]

Post Independence[edit]

The national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines began domestic operations in 1958 operating various flights from Karachi to expand on exports and imports from the city. It was not until 1965, the bricked airstrip was re-built to meet standards at that time. The surface was built using bitumen and the length of the runway increased to 9000' by 100' to allow the airport to handle larger jet fuelled aircraft. During 1966–1967 the construction of an airport terminal and an apron to handle prop aircraft such as the Fokker F-27 Friendship was constructed.

In 1972 a new parallel runway with dimensions 9000 feet by 100 feet was constructed west of the existing runway, since the existing runway had deteriorated quite significantly. The new runway was designed to handle even larger aircraft such as the Boeing 737. In 1974 a jet apron, Taxiway-B, Air Traffic Control building and Met offices were constructed. A premium lounge and ILS were installed in 1985. In 1986 the terminal building was extended to accommodate greater number of passengers and meet future growth in air travel for the city. In 1991, the old runway was widened, strengthened and extended reaching dimensions of 9270' by 150' with surface bitumen to accommodate Airbus aircraft such as Airbus 310s. In 1993, CIP Lounge was constructed and terminal building was extended to accommodate greater travel growth. In 1998, direct Hajj operations were started from the airport annually, allowing more flights and traffic growth for the airport.

In 2005, PIA launched flights to the capital city of Scotland, Glasgow, from LYP with Airbus A310 aircraft.[6] In 2008, PIA began to operate flights from LYP to Sialkot but this was soon axed.[7] In 2009, PIA launched services from LYP to Rahim Yar Khan and Abu Dhabi.[8] In 2011, Shaheen Air was given approval to operate seasonal Hajj flights from Faisalabad to Jeddah. In the same year, Etihad Airways launched coach services for passengers based in Faisalabad to Lahore Airport.[9] In June 2013, PIA ended its services to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Multan. Shaheen Air decided to launch operations in October of the same year to Dubai.[10] In 2014, Air Indus launched its services to Karachi using Boeing 737-300s.[11]

Expansion Plans[edit]

Special advisor to the Prime Minister, Shujaat Azeem, and the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority inspect LYP during April 2015.[12]
Render of the proposed extension to the current terminal

Due to more flights and greater estimates of passenger growth of the airport. Faisalabad International Airport is expected to be re-developed to meet the growth patterns for the next decade. However the CAA of Pakistan has not finalised the plans on the construction. According to a report on 17 December 2008 the Ministry of Defence chairman, Chaudhary Mukhtar Ahmed announced that the airport apron and taxi-ways would be upgraded so it can handle larger wide-body aircraft. Allocation of Rs. 100m have been allocated from the Annual Development programme.

On 22 February 2015, Shujaat Azeem, aviation advisor to the Prime Minister, announced on his Twitter page that LYP would be upgraded to international standards and more international flights would soon be launched from the city.[13] On 5 March 2015 Qatar Airways announced its thrice a weekley service linking Doha to Faisalabad. The service is to be operated by Airbus A321/A320 aircraft with 12 business class and 134 economy class seating.[14]

On the 9th April 2015, the airport was inspected by Shujaat Azeem, Air Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Yousaf (Director General of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority), Engineer Rizwan Ashraf (President of the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industries) and Rana Mohammad Afzal Khan (Member of Parliament, MNA). It was announced that the airport will be upgraded to meet international standards of the IATA/ICAO.[15] The plans are for the following:[16]

  • Extension of the current passenger terminal
  • Construction of a new cargo complex
  • Extension & upgrading of the current runway to handle larger aircraft
  • Renovation of the aircraft stands (apron)
  • Renovation of the arrivals/departure/business class lounges.
  • Renovation of the airport approach road (including LED lighting)

President of The Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industries (FCCI), Rizwan Ashraf, also declared that Emirates, Etihad and FlyDubai are currently in talks with the District Government of Faisalabad to operate from the airport.[17] However, there have been no official announcement from these airlines that they plan to launch operations from Faisalabad.

On 1 June 2015 Air Arabia announced that they will operate thrice a week service from Sharjah and Faisalabad from 25 October 2015. Faisalabad will become the eight city that Air Arabia operate to within Pakistan.[18]


Executive Lounge
Business Class Lounge
Economy Lounge
Baggage Claim
Fire Fighting Services

LYP is fitted with all the essentials for domestic and international flights. The information below is correct as of March 2015.[19]

  • One domestic and international lounge each with gift/snack shops and prayer room.
  • One executive lounge for premium passengers
  • One CIP lounge for diplomatic/VVIP guests.
  • Free internet Wi-Fi access.
  • ATM facility by Allied Bank Limited. The ATM is linked to the domestic 1LINK and MNET switches as well as to China UnionPay.
  • Mobile charging stations within departure lounge.
  • Prayer area within departure lounge.
  • 1 wide-body aircraft such as Airbus A310/Boeing 767.
  • 2 turboprop aircraft such as ATR/F-27 aircraft.
  • Air field lighting System Category-I.
  • 9,271 ft long ILS VOR/NDB equipped runway at an elevation of 607 feet.
  • Instrument Landing System Category-I.
  • Parallel taxi-way running alongside Runway 03/21 for speedy exit and departure.
Airport Services
  • Pakistan State Oil provide fuel services to all airlines flying out of the airport. (Jet A-100)
  • Fire fighting and Rescue Services.
  • NDB operations available 24/7.
  • FIDS systems located in the lounges and briefing concourses showing television programmes and flight information.
  • Airport Mosque located outside the airport at the far end of the car park.
  • Aircraft ground maintenance services
  • Porter services and Rent-A-Car services are available.
  • Custom and Immigration for international flights.
  • Cargo and luggage wrapping services.
  • Other related services through concessions to private parties.
Ground Handling Agents
  • Pakistan International Airlines.
  • Shaheen Airport Services (SAPS).
  • Royal Airport Services (RAS). (launching July 2015)[20]
Flying School Institutions
  • Air Academy Private Ltd
  • Shaheen Air Flying Training School (SAFTS)

Airlines and destinations[edit]

PIA A310-308
Shaheen Air Airbus A320]]
Air Indus Boeing 737-300]]


Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah (begins 25 October 2015)[21]
Air Indus Karachi
Pakistan Aviators & Aviation Charter: Lahore
Pakistan International Airlines Karachi
Princely Jets Charter: Karachi, Jeddah
Qatar Airways Doha (begins 17 July 2015)[14]
Royal Airlines Charter: Karachi
Shaheen Air Seasonal: Jeddah
Vision Air International Charter: Karachi


Airlines Destinations
Star Air Aviation Karachi
Royal Airlines Karachi
TCS Courier Dubai-International, Karachi



LYP is accessible by the airport approach road located just off Jhang Road, 10 km from the city centre. There is a drop off lane at the front of the terminal as well as a car park which has a capacity of 200+ cars.[22] A tender was issued on the 1st April 2015 to automate the car park to international standards.[23]


Prime Cab Limited operate directly from the airport and there is a counter on the landside of the terminal building for making bookings.[24] In partnership with Hertz, Serena Hotels do offer a pick and drop service that is available from the landside terminal.[25]


The airport can be reached from Faisalabad up to Sargodha by bus. After that, one has to take a taxi. There is an air-conditioned CNG bus service from the airport to Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Chiniot, and Sangla Hill.


The nearest railway station is main Faisalabad railway station which is 28 min (14.5 km) via Jhang Road from the airport. There are a number of connections to from the railway station to other parts of the country. The Risalewala railway station is also located towards the south east of the airport which can be accessed via the Faisalabad Bypass.


There are also a number of traditional CNG powered rickshaws at the airport road entrance which are quite popular amongst the local community.


The following table provides details of the major traffic flows out of Lahore interms of passenger numbers, aircraft movements, cargo as well as mail. The results were collected by the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan:[26]

Year Aircraft movements Passengers (Intl & Domestic) Cargo handled (M. Tons) Mail handled (M. Tons)
2004-05[27] 2,610 182,966 1,223 27.80
2006-07 2,832 189,339 971 30.70
2007-08 2,534 185,900 896 26.265
2008-09 1,994 149,036 676 22.82

Incidents and accidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for OPFA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for LYP at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ "STATISTICAL INFORMATION OF CAA PAKISTAN". Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  4. ^ https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=H3U8BAAAQBAJ&pg=PA162&lpg=PA162&dq=lyallpur+airfield&source=bl&ots=BOMAeDFbSz&sig=BS7eGSFrBj9toLidm0s1y7F31Yo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fSIoVZzEINLraMHjgvAF&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=lyallpur%20airfield&f=false Partitioned Lives: Narratives of Home, Displacement, and Resettlement
  5. ^ http://www.muskurahat.us/pakistan/cities/faisalabad.asp City Profile of Faisalabad
  6. ^ "Pakistan International Airlines to cut Glasgow link". BBC News. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "PIA Faisalabad-Sialkot-Karachi Flight - History of PIA - Forum". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "PIA To Start Rahim Yar Khan-Abu Dhabi Flight - History of PIA - Forum". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  9. ^ http://nation.com.pk/Business/02-May-2011/Etihad-to-launch-new-coach
  10. ^ "Shaheen Air Flights for Karachi and Dubai from Faisalabad - History of PIA - Forum". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Air Indus is linking Faisalabad & Multan with Karachi - History of PIA - Forum". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  12. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/867223/renovation-faisalabad-airport-to-be-upgraded/ Renovation: Faisalabad airport to be upgraded
  13. ^ "Shujaat Azeem on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Press Release - Qatar Airways". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  15. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/867374/upgrades-faisalabad-airport-to-go-international-soon/ Upgrades: Faisalabad Airport to go international soon
  16. ^ http://www.brecorder.com/business-a-economy/189/1171285/ Shujaat Azeem directs upgradation of Faisalabad Airport
  17. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/867374/upgrades-faisalabad-airport-to-go-international-soon/ Upgrades: Faisalabad Airport to go international soon
  18. ^ http://www.zawya.com/story/Faisalabad_joins_Air_Arabias_expanding_route_network_in_Pakistan-ZAWYA20150601112436/ Faisalabad joins Air Arabia's expanding route network in Pakistan
  19. ^ "Faislabad International Airport". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  20. ^ http://www.pakistanjobsbank.com/Pakistan/Jobs/Jang/Ad_Jang_Job_20150329_025.gif Vacancy Announcements for Multan & Faisalabad Airports
  21. ^ http://www.airarabia.com LYP now appears in flight schedule
  22. ^ http://www.caapakistan.com.pk/timeline/fsbd/timeline-fsbd.aspx Faisalabad International Airport
  23. ^ Business Opportunities with PCAA
  24. ^ https://www.facebook.com/Primecabfaisalabad Prime Cab Services Faisalabad
  25. ^ http://www.serenahotels.com/serenafaisalabad/default-en.html Complimentary Airport Transfer Service
  26. ^ Statistical Information of CAA Pakistan CAA Pakistan, assessed 8 March 2009
  27. ^ http://www.azworldairports.com/airports/a2265lyp.cfm Faisalabad International Airport (LYP/OPFA)

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