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Gilgit Airport

Gilgit Airport (IATA: GIL, ICAO: OPGT) is a small domestic airport situated 1.25 nm (2.3 km) east of Gilgit city, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. The city of Gilgit is one of the two major hubs for all mountaineering expeditions in the northern areas of Pakistan.

Because of its short runway located at the edge of a slope, Boeing 737s and similar-sized jet aircraft cannot operate at Gilgit Airport. However, with the development of jets with proven short field performance (like the Airbus A220-100 which operates into London City Airport), it could be possible to reconsider jetliner service. Pakistan International Airlines operates ATR 42 aircraft on the Gilgit-Islamabad route. Other aircraft that operate at the airport include the military Lockheed C-130 Hercules. In the past, Fokker F-27 Friendship was being used but later it was replaced by ATR 42.

A new terminal was constructed in 2014, which included modern check-in facilities as well as different arrival and departure sections.

After independence airfield was built in Sonikote (Gilgit Airport). Total area at that time was 657 kanals. The people of the area took part in the construction of landing ground voluntarily and work was completed in 1949. The runway was carpeted in 1958.

The Construction work of New Terminal Building & Re-Location of Car Parking has been completed on 30th July, 2012. The new terminal building has the following facilities:-

n Departure Lounge Capacity 118 Seats
n Ladies Lounge 32 Seats
n CIP Lounge 40 Seats
n Arrival Lounge Capacity 28 Seats
n Concourse Hall 24 Seats
n Briefing Counter Hall 08 Seats
n Briefing Counter with Conveyor Belt 04 Nos.
n Endless Conveyor Belt in Briefing Hall 01 No.
n Endless Conveyor Belt in Arrival Lounge 01 No.
n Reversible Airconditions in all lounges 14
n Trolleys 50
n Concessions 03
n Automatic Fire Detection System Available
n Car Parking Capacity 120 and 12 CIP
n Flight Inquiry 01

 

 

This airport when planned, composed of the land twice as big as it is now. But due to excessive water leakage from the ground, the land was used to create a public park in the vicinity of this airport. The park was named as CAA Park or City Park Gilgit. The leakage was caused due to excessive bombings on this area during the war period.

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