Gwadar Airport ready, inauguration expected on March 23

Oman, Chine committed $17.5 million, $662 million respectively in land development, sea port upgrades and airport building

The Gwadar Airport is expected to be inaugurated on March 23 by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given the green light for aircraft operations at Gwadar Airport. The CAA has finished inspecting the Gwadar Airport for safety. The project is intended to have all top-notch amenities and the capability to land big aircraft like Boeing and Airbus.

The New Gwadar Airport was built thanks to cooperation between Pakistan, Oman and China. The then-PTI administration officially conducted the ground breaking on the project in 2019.

The Sultanate of Oman committed $17.5 million to the airport project, while China intended to invest $662 million in land development, sea port upgrades and airport building in and around Gwadar. The details available on China-Pakistan economic Corridor (CPEC) authority’s official page has showed. The project was a part of CPEC.

Pakistan proposed to construct the new airport on a 4000-acre plot of land about 25 kilometers from the present Gwadar International Airport.

The Chinese Communications Construction Company was entrusted with the $246 million project, which was originally expected to take 30 months to complete.

Building the New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA) and supporting infrastructure for a new airport that can accommodate a variety of ATR 72, Airbus, A-300, Boeing (B-737) and Boeing (B-747) aircraft for both internal and international flights.

At an original projected cost of $230 million, Gurandani, 26 Kilometers east of Gwadar City Balochistan, was chosen as the site for the airport. The implementing authority was decided upon as being the CAA. According to initial estimates the project was expected to generate 3000 employments.