New Gwadar International Airport is a new greenfield airport being constructed in Gwadar, Pakistan, controlled and operated by Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA).
The New Gwadar International Airport project was started as an early harvest high-priority project of the CPEC program in 2014. The Executive Committee approved it of National Economic Council (ECNEC) in January 2015.
The project is being financed through a grant agreement signed between China and Pakistan in May 2017. Soil testing on the project site was begun in January 2018 and involved drilling 300 boreholes in various locations.
The airport will handle domestic and international operations to be owned by a joint venture between Pakistan, Oman, and China.
The airport development is a part of the $56 bn China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) development, a cornerstone of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.
The $246m greenfield airport to be built across 4,300 acres will be the biggest in Pakistan. It will also become the nation’s second airport capable of handling A380 aircraft upon its commissioning in 2022. It is expected to stimulate the development in the Gwadar peninsula and boost trade between Pakistan and China.
The airport will be operated under an open sky policy and developed under the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Features of Gwadar International Airport
The single runway at the airport will have a length of 3,658m and a width of 75m. It will have the capacity to accommodate wide-bodied aircraft. A 23m-long taxiway will complement the runway with 10.5m paved shoulders on both sides.
New Gwadar International Airport will also have the provision to build a second runway in the future, located north of the main runway.
The airport infrastructure will also include an air traffic control (ATC) tower, fire, crash, rescue facilities, a fuel farm, and associated buildings and infrastructure to support the airport’s operations.
New Gwadar International Airport location
New Gwadar International Airport will be located 26km northeast of the existing airport in Gwadar City on the south-western Arabian Sea coast of the Balochistan region.
The land acquired for the airport is situated in Gurandani, next to the Makran Coastal Highway.
Features of New Gwadar International Airport
New Gwadar International Airport will be spread over an area of 4,300 acres. It will have the capacity to accommodate narrow-body aircraft such as ATR 72 and Boeing B-737 and wide-body aircraft such as Airbus A-380 and Boeing B-747 for domestic and international routes.
The greenfield airport will feature a modern terminal building spread over a 14,000m² area. It will have a cargo terminal with an initial handling capacity of 30,000t a year.
The terminal will feature modern facilities and ensure safe operations by improving passenger comfort and convenience.
PCAA awarded a $246m design-build contract to China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) to construct the New Gwadar international airport.