Story of Incompetence: New Islamabad Airport Delayed Yet Again

The Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat were informed that in order to sustain the expected traffic in the future, the New Islamabad International Airport needs another runway – which wasn’t planned before. The airport currently has only 2 runways.

This will definitely push the opening date of the airport even further ahead than the scheduled Independence Day last month.

Repertoire Of Irregularities

The plan of a third runway wasn’t included in the initial planning of the airport and it is a consequence of the poor execution and planning which led to incorrect design and construction of the runways, claim experts.

Read More: Design Error – New Islamabad Airport is Already a Disaster

CAA Director, General Asim Suleiman, said that in the initial planning phase the third runway wasn’t included due to financial limits. The third runway is being added following the instructions of the Prime Minister.

Senator Badini questioned the Director General asking him why the plans were not concluded with no land being purchased – the Director couldn’t respond.

Earlier this year, the American consultant responsible for the finalization of the project fled without carrying our his duties.

Delays In Its Completion

The airport’s completion was expected 2 years ago. The government has made several announcements regarding the airports completion.

The latest inauguration date was promised by the government this year – on August 14th – but it got delayed to December due to incomplete link roads.

Read More: Audit Unveils Irregularities of Millions in New Islamabad Airport

Thanks to the irregularities in the project and peculiar delays in its completion, it might not be functional till next year.

Its odd that the planners have only now realised – a month later after the August 14th deadline passed – that the airport needs another runway and now it will delay it even more.

The incompetence of the management and the government has resulted in so many delays already and has caused adverse effects such as increase in costs due to poor planning and other irregularities.

According to the officials, the two runways already built at the airport are not big enough to allow simultaneous take-off and landing by two airplanes, the wings of the airplanes will collide.


  • First of all, there is not enough trafic for the need of two runways. May be in next 5 years. secondly people saying that current 2nd runway cannot be used for landing is ridiculous. The 2nd runway is for emergency cases when first in unavailable due to some reasons. if two runways be built for simulenous landing, there should be half a kilometer distance bw them.

    • Also, please hang all the the prople involved in this project for thier excelenet project management skills, these people are curse for this country and must not live.

  • Guys the airport will be inaugurated in June 2018. so don’t put bullshits like PoTIans. now don’t waste time and thing for other projects.

  • yar ye liberal fascist mulk ko loot rahe hain jald se jald ALLAH in insects ke rassi ko kenche ameen!

  • We must admit that we are highly uneducated incompetent and corrupt as a nation… Its all over, so its not the Govt that is only at fault.. The people are equally worse.

  • Islamabad Airport was shear negligence of Musharraf era CAA which was mostly governed by Air force vice air martial. Bring these kind of people to courts will bring down another government. Though the Pakistan constitution provided equal rights to each and every human being and equal enforcement of law on each and ever citizen too. two prime ministers has presented them selves in Supreme Court and got disqualified. What about the other institution specially from armed forces. Naked abrogation of law & corruption is dripping in martial Law eras and even today. But it seems that there is a special class to bring them under the law of Pakistan, Pakistanis need to ask Almighty to bring Justice.

  • When peoples are enlisted in companies on base of recomendation instead of merit then these things will happen.

  • Another venue being opened for corruption. The responsible people should be hanged publicly.

  • We are running a country here not some hen poultry business
    For heaven sake , please be merciful to this country and its people.

  • Man what a mighty idiocy it is. Why don’t they just inaugurate the airport now and build the third runway later if needed. Just purchase the land now to avoid heavy land costs which they will need to pay in future due to ever increasing property prices.

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