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Gwadar Airport, Key CPEC Project, Nears Completion

Gwadar Airport, Key CPEC Project, Nears Completion

The New Gwadar International Airport, a flagship project of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), is nearing its final stages of construction. Spanning 4,300 acres, the airport features a runway capable of accommodating the Airbus A380, the world’s largest aircraft.

With a sleek terminal building covering 14,000 square meters, the airport aims to upgrade Gwadar’s infrastructure and lay the groundwork for future development. The project, with an estimated cost of $246 million, is scheduled for completion in 2024.

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Recently, a significant milestone was reached as the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan (CAA), with support from China, conducted a five-day flight test operation starting on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. The inaugural test flight received a traditional salute upon touchdown.

The primary objective of this crucial testing phase was to evaluate the performance, quality, and safety of various navigation facilities, flight procedures, and landing strips. With the completion of these tests, the project is now ready to enter its final phase.

Upon its completion and handover to local authorities later this year, the New Gwadar International Airport is poised to become a symbol of modernity in Gwadar. It has the potential to significantly enhance the city’s infrastructure and strengthen its role in regional development.