Sialkot International Airport

Sialkot International Airport (IATA: SKT, ICAO: OPST) is situated 14 km (8.7 mi) west of Sialkot in the Sialkot District of Pakistan. It has the distinctions of being the first privately owned public airport in Pakistan and South Asia, pending the completion of the new green field Islamabad International Airport, of having the longest runway in Pakistan.[1]

Approximately 1,000,000 travellers from Sialkot and adjacent areas are expected to benefit from this international airport each year.

Sialkot international airport is slated to be the hub for the newly established AirSial airline with air operations beginning in December 2017[2]. It commence Domestically and Internationally on 30 November 2007.

Sialkot International Airport
سیالکوٹ بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈا
Sialkot Airport Logo
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Sialkot International Airport Limited
Serves Sialkot
Location Sambrial, Sialkot Punjab
Hub for Air Sial
Elevation AMSL 837 ft / 255 m
Coordinates 32°32′08″N 74°21′50″E / 32.53556°N 74.36389°E
Website www.sial.com.pk
Map
SKT is located in Pakistan
SKT
SKT
Location of airport in Pakistan
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 11,155 3,400 Asphalt
Statistics (2016-17)
Passengers 817,067
Passenger change Increase13.7%
Aircraft movements 5,755 Increase 11.57%
Cargo handled 6,469 metric tons

Structure

Sialkot Airport
Sialkot Airport Apron
Sial
Sialkot Airport Terminal

Sialkot is a major export hub of Pakistan. The airport is being upgraded to make it compatible to carry the load of ten Boeing 747s or A340s. The airport authority is currently working with a private company to develop the airport to meet international standards. The airport has developed a new runway so heavier aircraft can land. There is a new terminal currently being built to deal with increase in passengers as well as cargo imports and exports.

  • Services
    • Fuel farm
    • Aircraft ground maintenance services
    • Catering
    • Other related services through concessions to private parties.
  • Runway;
    • 3,400-metre long, 45-metre wide with 7.5-metre wide shoulders on either side corresponding to International Civil Aviation Organisation Category 4E.
  • Link Taxiway;
    • 263-metre long, 23-metre wide with 10.5-metre shoulders.
  • Aprons;
    • For passenger and cargo, 95,000-sq metre area. Combination of flexible and rigid pavements.
    • Nose-in parking for 10 wide-bodied aircraft at a time or 8 Airbus plus 4 ATR-42 aircraft at a time.
  • Two boarding bridges recently became operational

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Emirates Dubai–International
Flydubai Dubai–International
Gulf Air Bahrain
Pakistan International Airlines Abu Dhabi,[3] Dammam, Islamabad, Jeddah, Karachi, Muscat, Riyadh
Shaheen Air Jeddah, Muscat, Sharjah, Riyadh
Princely Jets Charter: Karachi, Jeddah
Qatar Airways Doha
SalamAir Muscat
Air Sial Planned
SaudiGulf Dammam

Cargo

Airlines Destinations
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha

Transport links

Road

Travellers by car from Sialkot reach the airport by travelling west on the Sialkot-Wazirabad Dual Carriageway, turning right at Sambrial to Airport Road and then go straight for 5 km to reach the airport. From Gujranwala, take Sialkot Road, up to Daska and then go to the Sambrial Road. After reaching Sambrial turn right and go straight on the Sialkot-Wazirabad Dual Carriageway. After crossing the Sialkot Dry Port turn left on the Airport road. People coming from Gujranwala can also reach the airport through Wazirabad by using the Sialkot-Wazirabad Dual Carriageway

Bus

The airport can be reached from Sialkot up to Sambrial by bus. After that, one has to take a taxi. There is an air-conditioned CNG bus service from the airport to Sialkot, Wazirabad, Daska, and Gujranwala.

Train

The nearest railway station is Sambrial which is 5 km (3.1 mi) from the airport and is serviced by a taxi and auto-rickshaw link.

Extension of Apron

In 2013, it has been confirmed that the airport will be developed further; the apron will be extended to accommodate 12 aircraft and jet bridges will be installed, for which construction is already underway.

Extension of the apron enabled the airport to accommodate more aircraft. The project was started on 2 October 2010 and was completed on 30 November 2011, incurring a total cost of PKR 180 million as quoted by the contractor of the project.The construction project was awarded to Habib Construction Services which is one of the largest construction companies of Pakistan and have worked on several other mega projects previously.

Extension Statistics

Location Sialkot
Construction Cost PKR 180 Million
Client SIAL
Consultant Nespak
Contractor Habib Construction Services Limited


See also

References

  1. ^ "Sialkot International Airport". sial.com.pk. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  2. ^ "Air Sial to start operations by year-end - Samaa TV". www.samaa.tv. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  3. ^ PIA adds new Middle East routings

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