Gwadar International Airport
|Gwadar International Airport|
گوادر بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈا (Urdu)
بال پٹ گوادر (Balochi)
|Operator||Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority|
|Serves||Gwadar, Balochistan, Pakistan|
|Elevation AMSL||28 ft / 8.40 m|
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The town of Gwadar was purchased by Government of Pakistan from Sultan of Muscat in 1958. Air operations started in 1966. It is given international status when two weekly international flights from Karachi-Gwadar-Muscat were initiated. The terminal building was inaugurated in 1984 and the newly constructed Departure/VIP Lounges were inaugurated in 2008.
It is a large airport in Balochistan, Pakistan, as it operates to cater mainly to the population of Gwadar. Pakistan International Airlines, the main airline flying out of the airport, connects Gwadar to Karachi, Turbat, Quetta, Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait City, Riyadh, Tehran, Mashhad, Bahrain and Muscat. Other airlines had recently launched their flights to Gwadar and currently had been doing pretty well due to successful performance. These included Oman Air, which flew to Muscat using ATR 42 aircraft, and Airblue, which started twice daily flights to Karachi through its joint venture partner JS Air.
Pakistan anticipates Gwadar becoming a regional economic hub and, in preparation for this, has issued a directive for the development of New Gwadar International Airport. For this purpose, the CAA has earmarked 3000 acres (12 km²) of land 26 km northeast of the existing airport. The new airport is expected to cost $250 million. It will be given international status and operate under the open skies policy. In the meantime, there are plans at the existing airport to further facilitate the movement of wide-bodied aircraft.
- Four narrow body aircraft can park at the apron at one time. Every type of jet can land here.
- One domestic and one International lounge.
- One CIP/VIP lounge for premium and executive passengers. (newly inaugurated in 2008)
- Fire services, NDB, standby generators are available.
- 24-hour priority notice for unexpected arrival into the airport.
Airlines and destinations
|Pakistan Aviators & Aviation||Charter: Lahore|
|Pakistan International Airlines||Abu Dhabi, Karachi, Muscat, Quetta, Turbat|
- List of airports in Pakistan
- Airlines of Pakistan
- Transport in Pakistan
- Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
- AIP Pakistan: OPGD – Gwadar Archived 19 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Airport information for OPGD at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for GWD at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
- CAA Gwadar International Airport
- CAA Pakistan – official site
- Accident history for GWD at Aviation Safety Network
- Current weather for OPGD at NOAA/NWS
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