FAISALABAD: Airport Manager Anwar Zia has said that the number of passengers traveling from Faisalabad International Airport would swell from 0.5 million to 0.8 million during this year and four new airlines are planning to start their flights, in addition to the existing seven airlines already operating from the city airport.
Addressing members of the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI), he said that only three domestic flights were being operated from this airport few years ago with annual deficit of Rs 220 million.
However, he added, now 128 flights operate from this airport for which the FCCI played a commendable role.
Anwar Zia said that the airport is now generating Rs 2400 million including net profit of Rs 1600 million. He said that after expansion of the runway, Boeing 777 planes could also land at this airport.
Moreover, arrangements are being made for parking and handling of three flights at a time. New conveyor belts are also being installed while a tunnel would also be completed by November 30 to link passenger lounge directly with the plane.
Earlier, in his welcome address, FCCI President Shabbir Hussain Chawla paid tribute to Airport Manager Anwar Zia for revival of airport.
The function was also addressed by former presidents Mian Javed Iqbal, Engineer Rizwan Ashraf, Asim Khursheed, Abdul Qayyum Sheikh, Mian Aftab Ahmed and Muzammal Sultan.
Later, Mian Javaid Iqbal presented the FCCI Shield to Anwar Zia .