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China-funded Pakistan development poised to begin
Neelam Mathews/Ben Vogel
Feb 12, 2016
The biggest airport in Pakistan is being built by the China Communications Construction Company at Gwadar in Baluchistan as part of the USD46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor linking western China to the Arabian Sea.
Construction of New Gwadar International Airport is set to begin imminently. The USD250 million project is expected to last 30 months on a 4,000-acre site that sits 25 km northeast of the existing airport.
The airport is one element of a wider Chinese-backed strategy for Gwadar, including development of the deepwater Gwadar Port and a road-building programme. Chinese Overseas Ports Holding Company Ltd took over the port in October 2015 after signing a 40-year lease for more than 2,000 acres of land.
While New Gwadar International International Airport is primarily a Chinese project, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) is upgrading airfield infrastructure at a number of sites.....More in IHS Janes....
Elsewhere in Pakistan, an Indra Navia NORMARC 7000 Cat IIIB instrument landing system (ILS) is being installed at the Islamabad International Airport, Syed Aftab Gilani, PCAA's chief co-ordinator of airport projects, confirmed to IHS Jane's