Multan International Airport

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Multan Airport

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) Logo.png
مُلتان بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈہ
Multan International Airport front view.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic/Military
OwnerPakistan Civil Aviation Authority
OperatorPakistan Civil Aviation Authority
ServesMultan
LocationSouth Punjab, Pakistan
Elevation AMSL122.8 m / 403 ft
Coordinates30°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
WebsiteMultan International Airport
Map
MUX is located in Punjab, Pakistan
MUX
MUX
Location of airport in Pakistan
MUX is located in Pakistan
MUX
MUX
MUX (Pakistan)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,205 10,516 Concrete
Statistics (2019-2020)
Passengers1,339,179
Passenger changeDecrease 25.4%
Aircraft movements8,335
Cargo handled6,230 metric tons

Multan International Airport (Urdu: مُلتان بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈہ‎) (IATA: MUX, ICAO: OPMT) is an international airport located 4 km west of Multan, Pakistan.[1] The airport is South Punjab largest and busiest airport. Multan International Airport offers flights throughout Pakistan, as well as direct flights to Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

In March 2015, a new terminal building was formally inaugurated by ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif.[2] Following the opening of the new terminal, passenger traffic soared from 384,571 in 2014-2015, to 904,865 in 2015-2016.[3]

History[edit]

Early beginning[edit]

Multan International 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.[4] 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 Multan Airport. 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 Airport 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 2,743 by 30 m (9,000 by 100 ft) to handle heavier aircraft and more passengers. The terminal building was extended in 1977, which also allowed the airport to handle Boeing 720 aircraft. In 1980–1988, the airport runway was strengthened and re-carpeted for the arrival of the Airbus A300. It was not until 1999 that PIA and the private airline Aero Asia operated international flights from the airport. Flights began to destinations in the Middle East such as Dubai and Kuwait.

Recent development[edit]

Multan International Airport's new terminal was built in 2015.

As the demand for air travel began to surge, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority decided to upgrade the facilities for the airport in 2005.[5] Initially the runway was upgraded to handle Boeing 747-400 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.[6] The airport also reported an operating profit of Rs 1bn within that year.[7]

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.[8] It was in April 2009 that the work started with the runway, taxi ways and apron so the airport could handle large aircraft.[9] The ground breaking ceremony was held by the then PM Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani. Pakistan-based Engineering Consultants International Limited (ECIL) was awarded the contract to extend the runway and terminal building.[10]

In January 2010, the Pakistan Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority decided that a brand new terminal with four jet bridges would be constructed instead of expanding the current terminal.[11] In June 2010, PM Yousaf Raza Gillani carried out the ground breaking ceremony for the terminal building and inaugurated the first PIA Boeing 747 Hajj flight on 28 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 and 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.

In March 2015, new terminal of Multan International Airport was formally inaugurated by PM Nawaz Sharif with former PM Yousaf Raza Gillani as well as several high-ranking officials.[12] 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. Keeping the international standards in view, a new air traffic control tower is constructed as well which is equipped with modern gadgets and navigation systems. 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 mangos and vegetables. There are plans that this would further increase to 30,000 metric tonnes every year.

After the transfer of all operations to new terminal, Airblue announced it would start a twice a week flight service for Islamabad from 3 April 2015. Airblue also announced it would start start twice a week service for Jeddah from 4 April 2015 and twice weekly service for Sharjah from 10 April 2015. Qatar Airways announced it would start start 3 times a week service by A320 with 2 class seating for Doha - Multan sector from 1 August 2015 to get the facility for connections to USA and Europe. Air Arabia announced 4 weekly flights for Sharjah - Multan sector from 1 May 2015. Flydubai announced it would increase its 3 times weekly service to daily flights for Multan from 26 May 2015 as they got a good load for the sector. Air Arabia also got a successful response so they announced they would increase its service to daily flights for Multan from 31 May 2015. Emirates announced they were going to start 4 times a week flight operation by Boeing 777-300 with two-class seating to provide service for Dubai - Multan sector from 1 August 2015 which will facilitate the travelers to get connections for MENA Region, Far East, USA and Europe, this service will also provide the international cargo facility as every flight can carry up to 23 tonnes of cargo.[13] Flydubai announced they would increase its frequency to 9 flights a week from 10 July 2015, two additional flights will provide the service on Wednesdays and Fridays to facilitate the travelers to/from Multan.[14] After getting a successful business on Jeddah and Sharjah routes Airblue announced it would start twice a week flight service for Medina as well from 18 August 2015. Pakistan International Airlines opened more new routes from Multan, announcing the introduction of one weekly flight to Abu Dhabi by A320 from 26 October 2015 and one weekly flight for Muscat from 14 November 2015, also using the A320. Gulf Air expanded their operation in Pakistan, opening more routes so they announced four weekly flights by A320 for Bahrain - Multan sector from 14 December 2015 which will also provide connections to the USA.[15] Shaheen Air International added Riyadh in its schedule as a new destination from Multan with twice a week service by using A320 from 6 April 2016. Airblue is increasing its operation for Multan and they announced it would start 4 weekly flights in between Karachi and Multan from 19 April 2016 by using A320. Pakistan International Airlines also started a new route in between Multan and Riyadh by providing 1 weekly flight from 21 April 2016. Taban Air of Iran started their seasonal service in between Mashhad and Multan from 17 May 2016. Air Indus operations have ceased and no longer services from Multan to Karachi anymore as of June 2016. Airblue started flying from Dubai to Multan sector with 2 weekly flights on 23 November 2016. Pakistan International Airlines also resumed their 2 weekly flights in between Multan and Quetta from 1 December 2016. Saudia started its operation for Multan from 1 April 2017 by adding 4 weekly flights in between Jeddah and Multan to get his share from the market. Shaheen Air International added one more destination to Multan by starting 1 weekly flight in between Multan and Muscat from 24 April 2017. Oman's Salam Air is adding Pakistan in their network and they announced it would start 3 weekly flights in between Muscat and Multan from 23 May 2017. Emirates Airline has ended operations to Multan on 26 October 2018 but it will carry on codeshare connections with Flydubai to the rest of the world.

Structure[edit]

Multan International Airport 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 2016.[16]

Immigration counters at International Departure.
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', refreshment/snack and gift shops available within lounge.
  • Duty-free shop available at international arrivals and international departure lounge.
  • Free Internet WiFi Facilities powered by Wateen Telecom.
  • Separate prayer rooms for men and women are available in the Departure Lounge.
Apron
  • Four boarding jet bridges(Bay-1, 2, 3 and 4).
  • Two wide-body and four narrow-body aircraft nose in parking available.[17]
  • Equipped with complete airfield lighting system (dimensions: 230 m × 145 m (755 ft × 475 ft) with 11 m (35 ft) shoulders)
Runway
  • ILS/DME VOR/NDB equipped 18/36 runway (dimensions: 3,204 m × 46 m (10,512 ft × 151 ft) with 7.6 m (25 ft) shoulders on each side).
  • Capable of handling up to Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-300LR, and Airbus A340-600 aircraft.
  • Instrument Landing System and Cat-I AFL System.[18]
  • High Intensity Lighting System.
  • Parallel taxi-way running alongside Runway 18/36 for speedy exit and departure.
  • 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. ICAO Category-9.[19]
  • FIDS systems located in the lounges and briefing concourses showing television programs and flight information.
  • Airport Masjid located outside the terminal on the right hand side.
  • Airport Medical Center located adjacent to CAA Masjid.
  • Rent A Car facility and Metro Radio Cab Services.
  • Custom and Immigration for international flights
  • Airline Ticketing offices (Pakistan International Airlines, airblue, flydubai, Air Arabia, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Gulf Air).
Ground Handling Agents
Cargo Complex
  • Cargo/Freight Services provided by Pakistan International Airlines, booking can be made at PIA Booking Office located at Abdali Road or Airport Cargo Office.
  • International Cargo/Freight Service provided by Emirates as their flights are capable of carrying up to 23 tonnes of cargo which helps local exporters to send their cargo to any of 78 countries in the world where Emirates operates.
Flying Schools/ Institutions
  • Multan Flying Club
Additional
  • Pakistan Meteorological Department
  • Ramada Hotels counter
  • Foreign Currency Exchange Counter

Airlines and destinations[edit]

PIA Boeing 747-300 taking off from the newly renovated runway.
PIA ATR 42 taxiing to the runway.
AirlinesDestinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
airblue Dubai–International, Jeddah, Sharjah
flydubai Dubai–International
Gulf AirBahrain
Pakistan International Airlines Dubai–International, Gassim,[21] Islamabad, Jeddah, Karachi, Medina, Muscat, Sharjah
Qatar Airways Doha
SalamAir Muscat
SaudiaJeddah

Access[edit]

Car[edit]

Multan International Airport is situated in the well populated area of cantonment and it is easily accessible through Airport Road by using Jamil Abad Road from any part of the city. There is a drop off lane at the front of the terminal as well as a wide car parking area which can accommodate more than 400 vehicles.

Taxi[edit]

Metro Radio Cab Services provides service directly from the airport and their counter is situated at the landside of the terminal to book the cab.

Private Rent A Car facilities are also available at the airport.

Rickshaw[edit]

There are also a number of traditional auto-rickshaws available at the airport parking area and entrance which are quite popular to travel short distances within the city.

Train[edit]

Multan Cantonment railway station is the nearest railway station, less than 3 km away from the airport to get the railway connections to other parts of the country.

Statistics[edit]

The following table provides details of the major traffic flows out of Multan in terms of passenger numbers, aircraft movements, cargo, and mail. The results were collected by the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan:[22]

Year Aircraft movements (Commercial) Passengers (Intl. and Domestic) Cargo handled (M. Tons) Mail handled (M. Tons)
2005-06[23] 4,902 262,582 1,623 N/A
2006-07 3,901 240,573 1,273 49.52
2007-08 3,943 250,661 932 31.966
2008-09 2,474 237,358 1,006 27.59
2009-10 3,390 151,135 86 5.02
2010-11 3,789 218,830 553 7.34
2011-12 4,089 228,312 489 9.87
2012-13 2,732 211,165 352 11.83
2013-14 3,950 359,342 415 3.26
2014-15 3,512 404,268 413 1
2015-16 8,295 946,389 1,468 1
2016-17 9,122 1,167,105 4,447 2
2017-18 10,680 1,339,179 7,114 1
2018-19 8,335 997,978 6,230 1
Busiest routes at Multan International Airport (by number of flights weekly)
Rank City Country Number of flights Airlines
01 Jeddah  Saudi Arabia 19 Airblue, Pakistan International Airlines, Saudia
02 Sharjah  United Arab Emirates 19 Airblue, Air Arabia, Pakistan International Airlines
03 Dubai  United Arab Emirates 17 Airblue, Pakistan International Airlines, Flydubai
04 Karachi  Pakistan 09 Pakistan International Airlines
05 Islamabad  Pakistan 08 Pakistan International Airlines
06 Doha  Qatar 07 Qatar Airways
07 Bahrain  Bahrain 06 Gulf Air
08 Muscat  Oman 04 Salam Air, Pakistan International Airlines
09 Medina  Saudi Arabia 04 Pakistan International Airlines

Incidents and accidents[edit]

2000s

  • On 10 July 2006, a Fokker F-27 Friendship - Mark 200 took off from Multan International 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.multaninternationalairport.com.pk Multan International Airport
  2. ^ http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/03/10/business/multan-airport-opens-to-the-world/ airport opens to the world
  3. ^ Statistical Information of CAA Pakistan CAA Pakistan, updated on 14 March 2016
  4. ^ http://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/86230/g-aiwc-air-contractors-douglas-dc-3/ Air Contractors DC-3, Parked at Multan, Pakistan
  5. ^ http://www.historyofpia.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10401 Multan International Airport Runway Repair To Cost Rs 720m
  6. ^ Shaheen Air International News Releases Archived 7 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ http://dailytimes.com.pk/Multan-Earns-One-Billion-Profit/[permanent dead link] PIA Multan Earns Over Rs 1bn In 2007
  8. ^ http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/ CAA to spend Rs 4.5bn for Multan Airport upgradation
  9. ^ http://www.brecorder.com/index.php?id=721519&currPageNo=2&query=&search=&term=&supDate= Work On Multan International Airport Upgradation To Start In June
  10. ^ http://www.ecil.com/ Press Release: Multan Upgrade Project
  11. ^ http://www.caapakistan.com.pk/ CAA Tender Notices: Upgradation of Multan Airport
  12. ^ http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/03/10/business/multan-airport-opens-to-the-world/ airport opens to the world
  13. ^ http://www.pakcargoservice.co.uk/blog/emirates-airline-fortifies-pakistan-service/
  14. ^ http://gulfnews.com/business/aviation/flydubai-announce-flights-to-faisalabad-1.1535392 Flydubai announced it would increase its frequency for Multan
  15. ^ http://www.gulfair.com/English/aboutgulfair/Pages/News.aspx?newsno=849[permanent dead link] Gulf Air Adds Faisalabad and Multan to Pakistan Network
  16. ^ http://www.multaninternationalairport.com.pk Multan International Airport
  17. ^ http://www.multaninternationalairport.com.pk Multan International Airport
  18. ^ http://www.multaninternationalairport.com.pk Multan International Airport
  19. ^ http://www.multaninternationalairport.com.pk Multan International Airport
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Gerry's dnata expands its footprint with three new airport locations in Pakistan
  21. ^ "Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is introducing direct flights to a fifth destination, Burayda, located in northern Saudi Arabia.Route". 18 November 2020. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  22. ^ Statistical Information of CAA Pakistan CAA Pakistan, updated on 14 March 2016
  23. ^ http://www.azworldairports.com/airports/a2265mux.cfm

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