Gwadar airport update:
The new Gwadar International Airport is planned to open in 2023, following the completion of the $246 million Greenfield Airport, which is being built on 4,300 acres of land and will cost $246 million.
It is anticipated that the passenger terminal building will be completed by June 2023 and that work connected to air traffic control will be completed by March 2023, with the whole construction of the airport expected to be completed by September 2023, according to an official source.
The Civil Aviation Authority was in charge of the administration and operation of the new Gwadar International Airport. Pakistan, Oman, and China will form a joint venture to own and operate the airport. The airport will handle both domestic and international operations.
In order to enhance the airport, China is constructing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is a cornerstone of the Chinese government’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) program.
When it opens in 2022, it will be Pakistan’s busiest airport and the country’s second airport capable of receiving A380 aircraft, making it the largest in the world. It was supposed to foster development on the Gwadar peninsula and increase trade between Pakistan and China. It was a success.
The airport would be operated in accordance with the open skies principle and developed under the supervision of the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom.
The construction of the new Gwadar International Airport began as an early harvest high-priority project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) program in 2014. In January 2015, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) gave its approval to the plan.
According to a grant agreement reached between China and Pakistan in May 2017, the project would be funded. Soil testing on the project site began in January 2018 and included the drilling of 300 boreholes in a variety of sites throughout the site.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place in March 2019, and the project is expected to be finished by 2022.