Multan International Airport

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Multan International Airport
مُلتان انٹرنیشنل ایئرپورٹ
Multan Airport logo.jpg
Landside View of Multan Airport.jpg

IATA: MUXICAO: OPMT

MUX is located in Pakistan
MUX
MUX
Location of airport in Pakistan
Summary
Airport type Public/Military
Owner Government of Pakistan
Operator Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
Serves Multan
Location Punjab, Pakistan
Elevation AMSL 400 ft / 122 m
Coordinates 30°12′12″N 071°25′09″E / 30.20333°N 71.41917°E / 30.20333; 71.41917Coordinates: 30°12′12″N 071°25′09″E / 30.20333°N 71.41917°E / 30.20333; 71.41917
Website Multan International Airport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 10,516 3,205 Concrete

Multan International Airport (Urdu: مُلتان بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈہ‎) (IATA: MUXICAO: OPMT) is situated 10km away from the city centre of Multan in Punjab, Pakistan. It was originally built to cater mainly to the population of Multan, however as the airport gained much popularity traffic from surrounding areas which included Vehari, Khanewal, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Burewala and Sahiwal.

History[edit]

Old Terminal (landside)

Multan airport traces its origins to the British Empire, when the Royal Air Force used the open space to fly in and out of the region during 1919.[1] The area was used for aircraft that were able to land on gravel and grass surfaces. In 1934, Imperial Airways started to use the airfield for civil aircraft flights since Multan was considered a strategic position in the Punjab province of India. It was not until 1938 that Imperial Airways started to operate regular flights out of Multan. The flight would originate in Lahore, then fly into Multan, where it would continue its journey to Jacobabad and then Karachi.

Following the independence of Pakistan from the British, Pak Air, a new airline to the dominion, started operations from the airport. The Multan Flying Club was also set up at the airport within the same year. It was not until the birth of the national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines in 1957, that PIA started operations from Multan using Douglas DC-3 aircraft. In 1963, due to growth of the number of flights and larger aircraft requirements, the runway, taxi-ways and aprons where carpeted using bitumen. A new control tower was constructed to meet the technological changes at that time. In 1971, as PIA had acquired Boeing aircraft, the runway was extended to 9000' by 100' to handle heavier aircraft and more passengers. The airport terminal building was extended in 1977 which also saw the airport handle Boeing 720 aircraft. In 1980–88, the airport runway was strengthened and re-carpeted for the arrival of the Airbus A300. It was not until 1999, that PIA and private airline Aero Asia that gave the airport an international status. Flights began to the Middle East such as Dubai and Kuwait.

Recent developments[edit]

PIA Boeing 747-300 used for Multan's Hajj operations

As the demand for air travel began to surge, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority decided to upgrade the facilities for the airport in 2005.[2] Initially the runway was upgraded to handle Boeing 747 operations at a cost of Rs 720m and was completed within the same year. On 15 December 2006, Shaheen Air started four weekly flights from Karachi to Multan.[3] The airport also reported an operating profit of Rs 1bn within that year.[4]

It was in December 2007, that Director General CAA, Farooq Rehmatullah held a press conference that the terminal building would be expanded as well as airside facilities at a cost of Rs4.5bn.[5] It was in April 2009 that the work started with the runway, taxi ways and apron so the airport could handle large aircraft.[6] The ground breaking ceremony was held by the then PM Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. Pakistan-based Engineering Consultants International Limited (ECIL) was awarded the contract to extend the runway and terminal building.[7]

Multan's new terminal under construction
Multan's new terminal (landside)

In January 2010, the Pakistan CAA decided that a brand new terminal with four jet bridges would be constructed instead of expanding the current terminal.[8] In June 2010, PM Gilani carried out the ground breaking ceremony for the terminal building and inaugurated the first PIA Being 747 Hajj flight on the 28th October 2010.

During 2011, PIA introduced weekly flights for Jeddah and Medina. FlyDubai announced thrice a week flights between Multan and Dubai with Boeing 737-800 from 14 March 2013 and became first foreign airline to operate from the airport post independence. Shaheen Air International restarted its daily operation from Karachi with Boeing 737 in February 2012 and Bhoja Air launched two weekly flights from Karachi with Boeing 737-200 in March 2012. Air Indus announced daily service for Multan – Karachi from 20 August 2013. Shaheen Air International started twice-a-week flight service for Multan – Dubai sector from 31 March 2013. Shaheen Air International announced two weekly flights between Multan and Medina from 1 June 2013. Pakistan International Airlines started two weekly direct flights for Jeddah & Medina from January 2014. Pakistan International Airlines announced weekly service for Multan – Sharjah sector from 30 March 2014. Shaheen Air International announced twice a week service for Jeddah - Multan sector from December-2014. Airblue announced to start twice a week service for Jeddah from 4 April-2015 & twice a week service for Sharjah from 10 April-2015. Qatar Airways announced to start 3 times a week service for Doha - Multan sector from 1 August-2015. Airblue announced to start twice a week flight service for Islamabad from 3 April-2015. Air Arabia announced 4 weekly flights for Sharjah - Multan sector from 1st May-2015.

In March 2015, the airport was formally inaugurated by PM Nawaz Sharif with former PM Gilani as well as several high ranking officials.[9] All operations have now shifted from the old terminal to the new one with flights increasing with more destinations and routes being opened up for the city of Multan. A cargo complex of international standard has also been established with a capacity of 10,000 metric tonnes per year to host international cargo flights from Multan which will boost exports of fruits particularly mangoes and vegetables. There are plans that this would further increase to 30,00 metric tonnes every year.

Structure[edit]

Check-in Area
Economy Lounge (International)
Economy Lounge (Domestic)
Way to Departure Lounges
Apron & Boarding Bridge
Arrivals Hall
Departure Hall

MUX is fitted with all the essentials for domestic and international flights with the inauguration of the new terminal. The information below is correct as of April 2015.[10]

Lounges
  • One business class lounge for premium passengers.
  • One domestic economy class lounge.
  • One international economy class lounge.
  • One CIP lounge for VVIP and foreign diplomats.
  • Subway, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts, refreshment and gift shops available within lounge.
  • Duty Free shop available in the international departure lounge. (opening soon)
  • Free Wateen Wifi facilities.
Apron
  • Two boarding jet bridges. (Two additional bridges under construction).
  • Four wide-body aircraft nose in parking available.
Runway
  • ILS/VOR/NDB equipped 18/36 runway (dimensions: 10,512' X 151' with 25' shoulders on each side).
  • Capable of handling up to Boeing 747, Boeing 777 & A-340 aircraft.
  • Instrument Landing System Category-E.
  • Emergency alternative for Islamabad and Lahore.
Airport Services
  • Pakistan State Oil provide fuel services to all airlines flying out of the airport. (Jet A-100)
  • Fire fighting and Rescue Services. Category 07.
  • NDB operations available 24/7.
  • FIDS systems located in the lounges and briefing concourses showing television programs and flight information.
  • Airport Mosque located outside the terminal on the right hand side.
  • CAA Porter services.
  • Rent A Car facility and Metro Radio Cab Services.
  • Custom and Immigration for international flights
  • Aerodrome Reference Code: 4C.
  • NBP counter available for banking services.
  • ATM from Allied Bank (linked to MNET, 1LINK, and China UnionPay) working 24/7.
  • Airport Ticketing offices (PIA, Shaheen Air, Airblue, Air Indus & Flydubai).


Ground Handling Agents
  • Pakistan International Airlines.
  • Shaheen Airport Services (SAPS).
  • Airblue
  • Royal Airport Services (RAS).


Flying Schools/ Institutions
  • Multan Flying Club


Additional
  • Multan Meteorology Department
  • Ramada Hotels counter
  • Foreign Currency Exchange Counter

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah [11]
Airblue Islamabad, Jeddah, Sharjah
Air Indus Karachi
Flydubai Dubai-International
Pakistan International Airlines Dubai-International, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Jeddah, Karachi, Lahore, Medina, Quetta, Sharjah
Qatar Airways Doha (begins 1 August 2015)[12]
Shaheen Air Dubai-International, Jeddah, Karachi, Medina

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 10 July 2006 a Fokker F-27 Friendship took off from Multan Airport. Flight PK688 suffered engine problems soon after take-off, causing the pilot to lose control. The aircraft crashed in a nearby grassy field, causing it to catch fire on impact leaving all 54 passengers and crew dead.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/86230/g-aiwc-air-contractors-douglas-dc-3/ Air Contractors DC-3, Parked at Multan, Pakistan
  2. ^ http://www.historyofpia.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10401 Multan Airport Runway Repair To Cost Rs 720m
  3. ^ Shaheen Air International News Releases
  4. ^ http://dailytimes.com.pk/Multan-Earns-One-Billion-Profit/ PIA Multan Earns Over Rs 1bn In 2007
  5. ^ http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/ CAA to spend Rs 4.5bn for Multan Airport upgradation
  6. ^ http://www.brecorder.com/index.php?id=721519&currPageNo=2&query=&search=&term=&supDate= Work On Multan Airport Upgradation To Start In June
  7. ^ http://www.ecil.com/ Press Release: Multan Upgrade Project
  8. ^ http://www.caapakistan.com.pk/ CAA Tender Notices: Upgradation of Multan International Air Port
  9. ^ http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/03/10/business/multan-airport-opens-to-the-world/ Multan Airport opens to the world
  10. ^ http://124.29.246.99:8091/ PCAA: Multan International Airport Beta Version
  11. ^ http://www.airarabia.com
  12. ^ http://www.eturbonews.com/56139/qatar-airways-unveils-three-new-destinations-pakistan Qatar Airways announces three more destinations in Pakistan

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