Benazir Bhutto International Airport

PAF Airbase Chaklala
بینظیر بھٹو ایئربیس
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OwnerPakistan Air Force
LocationRawalpindi
Elevation AMSL508 m / 1,688 ft
Coordinates33°36′59″N 073°05′57″E / 33°36′59″N 073°05′57″E / 33.61639; 73.09917
Map
RWP is located in Pakistan
RWP
RWP
Location of airport in Rawalpindi Pakistan
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
12/303,29210,801Asphalt

Benazir Bhutto International Airport (Urdu: بینظیر بھٹو ایئر بیس‎, IATA: RWP, ICAO: OPRN) is a defunct airport which formerly served the Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area. It was the third-largest airport by air traffic in Pakistan, until 3 May 2018 when it was replaced by the new Islamabad International Airport. Previously also known as the Islamabad International Airport, it was renamed after the late Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 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 was located in the area of Chaklala in Rawalpindi, which neighbours Islamabad. Following the establishment of the new Islamabad International Airport, the airport is no longer used for civil aviation and now forms a part of the adjoining PAF Base Nur Khan (also known as PAF Base Chaklala).

History

In the fiscal year 2008–2009, over 3,136,664 passengers used the former 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 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]

The last flight to depart from this airport was PK791 operated by Pakistan International Airlines, heading for Birmingham,UK taking off at 11:39 AM PST marking the end of the commercial aviation history at this airport.

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