Benazir Bhutto International Airport

Benazir Bhutto
International Airport

Islamabad International Airport
بینظیر بھٹو بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈا
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
Serves Islamabad and Rawalpindi
Location Rawalpindi
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 1,688 ft / 508 m
Coordinates 33°36′59″N 073°05′57″E / 33.61639°N 73.09917°E / 33.61639; 73.09917Coordinates: 33°36′59″N 073°05′57″E / 33.61639°N 73.09917°E / 33.61639; 73.09917

Location of airport in Pakistan

Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,287 10,785 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 4,441,426 [1]

Benazir Bhutto International Airport (Urdu: بینظیر بھٹو بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈا, IATA: ISB, ICAO: OPRN) is the third-largest airport in Pakistan, serving the capital Islamabad and its twin city Rawalpindi in the province of Punjab. Previously known as the Islamabad International Airport, it was renamed after the late Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yusuf Raza Gillani on 21 June 2008.[2] The airport is actually located outside Islamabad, in the area of Chaklala, Rawalpindi. Being the main airport for the Pakistani capital it often hosts officials and citizens from other nations. The airfield is shared with the transport and liaison squadrons of the Pakistan Air Force, which refers to it as PAF Base Nur Khan.


In the fiscal year 2008–2009, over 3,136,664 passengers used Benazir Bhutto International Airport and 34,025 aircraft movements were registered.[3] The airport serves as a hub for the flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines. It is also the hub of Shaheen Air International and a focus city of airblue.

The government recently launched a Rs. 399 million project to renovate and expand the airport including the 1700 X 75 feet taxi way link adjacent to the lone runway of the airport.[4] The renovation was completed by March, 2015.[5]

Due to the ever-growing need for better facilities and services available for passengers, The Government of Pakistan is constructing a new airport in Islamabad. The new green field facility will be the biggest in Pakistan. The new location of the Islamabad International Airport has been selected at Fateh Jang, 30 km southwest of Islamabad city centre (Blue Area), as measured from Zero Point. The construction of the new airport is underway and completion is estimated to be in July 2017.[6]


Benazir Bhutto International Airport is a civil and military airport which handles VIPs as well as public scheduled operations for many airlines. Foreign diplomats, high level government officials, as well as military officials are welcomed at this airport.

Currently, the airport is able to handle eleven wide body aircraft at one time, with additional five parking places for general aviation aircraft. It does not have the capacity for take off and landing of such aircraft as Airbus A380 or Boeing 747-8. At the moment, the airport does not have any air bridges installed, so buses take the passengers from the airport terminal to the aircraft where air stairs are used.

Airlines and destinations


Air Arabia Ras al-Khaimah
Air China Beijing–Capital[7]1
Airblue Abu Dhabi, Dubai–International, Karachi, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, Sharjah
China Southern Airlines Ürümqi
Emirates Dubai–International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Gulf Air Bahrain
Kam Air Kabul
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Oman Air Muscat
Pakistan International Airlines Abu Dhabi, Bahawalpur, Barcelona (resumes 11 December 2016),[8] Beijing–Capital, Birmingham, Chitral, Copenhagen, Dammam, Dera Ghazi Khan, Dera Ismail Khan, Doha, Dubai–International, Gilgit, Jeddah, Kabul, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur–International,[9] Kuwait, Lahore, London–Heathrow, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Multan, Muscat, Nawabshah, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Peshawar, Quetta, Rahim Yar Khan, Riyadh, Sharjah, Sialkot, Skardu, Sukkur, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Zhob
Qatar Airways Doha
Rayyan Air
operated by Pakistan International Airlines
Charter: Kashgar
Safi Airways Kabul
Saudia Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh
Shaheen Air Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Dubai–International, Karachi, Manchester,[10] Riyadh
Thai Airways International Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Turkish Airlines Baku, Istanbul–Atatürk

*Notes: 1: Air China's flight from Islamabad to Beijing continues on to Karachi. However, Air China does not have eighth freedom rights to carry passengers solely from Islamabad to Karachi.


TCS Courier Dubai–International, Karachi, Lahore, London–Heathrow
Turkish Airlines Cargo Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Bishkek, Istanbul–Atatürk

Accidents and incidents

The US Air Force was a regular visitor to the airport, providing relief goods for the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, photographed 2005
An Air Blue Airbus A321. This aircraft is similar to the one involved in Airblue Flight 202 air crash.

See also




External links

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