State of the art infrastructure to be constructed at Karachi Airport
In a significant development, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has made the decision to construct a cutting-edge air traffic control (ATC) tower at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, as reported by ARY News.
During a board meeting held in Karachi, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) approved essential measures aimed at enhancing airport infrastructure and safety. The authority has opted to build a world-class Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower and a Rescue Fire Fighting (RFF) complex at Jinnah International Airport. Sources have indicated that the existing ATC tower, which has been in operation for an impressive 91 years, has height limitations and is no longer deemed suitable for modern aviation requirements.
The approval for a new, modern ATC tower is expected to not only address these limitations but also significantly enhance visibility and flight safety. The project is anticipated to be completed within a year.
Additionally, the decision to establish an RFF complex aims to bolster fire safety measures at Karachi airport. This complex will accommodate fire offices and state-of-the-art fire stations, ensuring swift and efficient responses to emergency situations.
The PCAA spokesperson noted that due to foreign exchange accounting for more than 25 percent of the project's design cost, approval is required from the Central Tender Working Party (CTWP).
The spokesperson added that once this approval is obtained, the CAA will proceed to formalize an agreement with the selected consultant for the project.
Furthermore, the spokesperson emphasized that the location and height specifications of the new tower will strictly adhere to international standards and modern aviation requirements, ensuring its effectiveness and compliance with global aviation norms.