English Press Release 19.11.2021

FAISALABAD. New runway of the Faisalabad International Airport Jhang Road will be completed by August next which will open new avenues of direct international flights as wide-bodied aeroplanes could also land and take off from this airport.

A delegation of PIA headed by District Manager Mr. Shahid Hussain met Mr. Atif Munir Sheikh and presented him a flower bouquet to congratulate him on his election as President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) for the year 2021-22.

Mr. Atif Munir Sheikh said that he was making serious efforts to convince Chinese investors to build a new civilian airport near Allama Iqbal Industrial Estate to meet the future needs of the air industry and to accommodate the growing passenger load for china. He said that many Chinese companies are already operating in M3 and Allama Iqbal Industrial Estates while many more projects are in the pipeline. “Similarly, EU and Turkish companies are also undertaking new projects which are expected to be completed by 2024”, he said and added that as most of the new investment is pouring in from China hence, they will have to frequently travel from Faisalabad to China. Mr. Atif Munir Sheikh said that a Qingdao City is also being replicated in Allama Iqbal Industrial Estate and hopefully the passenger load between Faisalabad and China will increase manifold necessitating dedicated air flights on this route. He said that in this scenario the construction of a new airport will also become a profitable option for the Chinese investors. Quoting his meeting with President Pak-China joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry, he said that he has already talked to him on this issue and has assured to convince Chinese investors to undertake this mega project.

District Manager PIA Mr. Shahid Hussain said that the new runway will accommodate wide bodied aeroplanes and help PIA to start direct international flights from this city in addition to convincing other International Airlines to add Faisalabad on their world map. He said that Faisalabad has sufficient passenger load for the United Kingdom and PIA will start direct flights on this profitable route as soon as the new runway is completed. He said that the current cargo capacity of 1.5 ton will also be enhanced up to 14-15 ton with the operation of direct international flights.

Later District Manager also presented an emblem of PIA to President FCCI Mr. Atif Munir Sheikh.

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