Benazir Bhutto International Airport

Benazir Bhutto
International Airport

Islamabad International Airport
بینظیر بھٹو بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈا
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Airport type Public / Military
Operator Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
Serves Islamabad and Rawalpindi
Location Rawalpindi
Hub for
Elevation  AMSL 508 m / 1,688 ft
Coordinates 33°36′59″N 073°05′57″E / 33°36′59″N 073°05′57″E / 33.61639; 73.09917
ISB is located in Pakistan
Location of airport in Pakistan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,292 10,801 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 4,441,426

Benazir Bhutto International Airport ( Urdu: بینظیر بھٹو بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈا‎, IATA: ISBICAO: OPRN) is the third-largest airport in Pakistan, serving the capital Islamabad and its twin city Rawalpindi in the province of Punjab. Previously known as the Islamabad International Airport, it was renamed after the late Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yusuf Raza Gillani on 21 June 2008. [1] The airport handled 4,767,860 passengers between 2015-16, [2] compared to 3,803,060 in 2012-13. [3]

The airport is not located in Islamabad, but is instead in the area of Chaklala in neighbouring Rawalpindi. The airport will be replaced by the under-construction New Islamabad International Airport in the first quarter of 2018.


In the fiscal year 2008–2009, over 3,136,664 passengers used Benazir Bhutto International Airport and 34,025 aircraft movements were registered. [4] The airport serves as a hub for the flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines. It is also the hub of Shaheen Air International and a focus city of airblue.

The government recently launched a Rs. 399 million project to renovate and expand the airport including the 518 by 23 m (1,700 by 75 ft) taxi way link adjacent to the lone runway of the airport. [5] The renovation was completed by March, 2015. [6]

After expansion it is called New Islamabad International Airport is an under construction international airport located in Fateh Jang, Attock District planned to serve the Islamabad Rawalpindi metropolitan area. The airport is likely to open for commercial flights in December 2017. The airport project was conceived initially in 1984 for which the acquisition of land in Attock started the same year. Constructed approximately 20 km west of the twin cities, it is being built to replace the existing Benazir Bhutto International Airport which doesn't have the capacity to handle air traffic. After repeated delays, the project is expected to be become operational by mid-2017. The airport is connected to Islamabad via the Kashmir Highway and Rawalpindi via the GT Road. A 26 km six lane highway is under-construction to further expand the connectivity of the airport. The Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metrobus is planned to be expanded to connect the Islamabad with the metropolitan area. Once completed it will be the first greenfield airport in Pakistan and the first to support the landing of Airbus A380. Build on an area of 3,289 acres, the project consists of 90 check-in counters and a parking facility for 2,000 vehicles and will cater to upward of 10 million people every year in its first phase and up to 25 million in the second phase. The terminal includes 15 gates with ten remote gates, a four-star hotel, duty-free shops, two runways, six taxiways, food court and 42 immigration counters. Its Package-1 of civil works was started on February 15, 2010 and was completed on May 14, 2014, incurring a cost of PKR 10924 million as quoted by the contractor of the project.The construction project was awarded to Habib Construction Services which is one of the largest construction companies of Pakistan and have worked on several other mega projects previously.

Expansion Statistics: [7]

Location Islamabad
Construction Cost PKR 10924 Million
Client Aviation Division, Government of Punjab
Consultant Mott MacDonald
Contractor Habib Construction Services Limited, Lagan, TAPL
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