ISLAMABAD: Passengers hoping to get a taste of the new Islamabad International Airport will have to wait after the government pushed its inauguration back by nearly a fortnight to May 3, 2018.
Earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had announced that the new Islamabad International Airport (IIA) would start full operations on April 20, after being inaugurated by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
But with the premier having flown to the UK to partake in the Commonwealth heads of state meeting, the CAA in a notification on Wednesday said that the inauguration and operations at the airport had been rescheduled.
New Islamabad airport to open on April 20
The move comes after Adviser to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Abbasi visited the airport on Wednesday.
The aviation advisor directed the CAA to complete additional tests and trials in order to improve the reliability and efficiency of systems at the new airport and to bring in line with international standards.
During the tour, CAA Deputy Director General Amir Mehboob also gave a presentation to the media on the features of the airport.