The all new innovative and striking structural design of the Lahore airport will facilitate more international flights due to its improved and hi-tech facilities and innovative look. This design, according to reports is inspired by Pakistan’s national flower, Jasmine. Also, plans are under the pipeline to expand the existing building and space of the Lahore airport to incorporate increased flights from countries.
Spanish Firm Tepsa to get the contract for Lahore Airport designing
Various sources also explicate that a private Spanish Firm Tepsa International has been given the contract for the construction. The designing firm has asked for around two years and a half for the completion of the project. This firm had previously worked on designing the airport in Madrid, the Spanish capital, and on the airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil which is a spectacular construction.
Once the airport is fully operational with striking features and expansion, it can incorporate around 22 planes near the main terminal. At present, the number of airplanes parked inside the hanger near the main terminal is seven.
PCAA undertaking expansion plan for the Lahore Airport
The task of the expansion of the passenger terminal building at Allama Iqbal Airport is undertaken by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA). The purpose is to enhance and enlarge the existing annual passenger handling capacity from the current 6.5 million to a max of 20 million in the next 15 to 20 years.
The vision is to facilitate more flights and augment the buzz of the airport. The provision of the latest and advanced technologies and facilities will further enable the Lahore Airport to become the key airport transit center.
PCAA has said that the present building will not be demolished. Instead, they will revamp and restructure the new design and construction of the existing building. They have plans to extend it north, south, and eastwards. Due to the runway, they cannot extend it to the west.
Also, under the expansion plan, the present parking area will be transformed into departure and arrival lounges. Thus, the existing car parking area will be demolished and the round park located near the airport will function as the parking area for vehicles.