Karachi Quaid e Azam International Airport
Karachi airport or official name Quaid e Azam International Airport Jinnah terminal is Pakistan's largest international and domestic airport. has the IATA Airport Code KHI. It is known as the. Like Karachi Karachi airport is also very lively and has a lot to offer. The airport has a huge McDonalds restaurant which may not be an attraction but indeed is a facilty at the Karachi airport. If you are transiting in Karachi you can hang around the airport or take one of the Karachi Airport Tours.
Karachi Airport Inn Hotel is the only bookable hotel in Karachi It has 35 Executive rooms recently renovated with 4 star facilities.
History of Karachi Airport
During the 1940s there was a Kala Chapra (also known as the Black Hangar) at the Karachi airport. It was a huge black colored hangar constructed by the British for the British R101 Airship. Only three hangars were ever built in the world to dock and hangar the R101 airships. Unfortunately the R101 airship didn't arrive in Karachi (then part of the British Raj), it crashed early in its journey in France. This hangar was so huge that aircraft used it as a visual marker while attempting VFR (Visual) landing at Karachi. This hangar was also known as the landmark of Karachi.
During the 1960s, President General Ayub Khan unwisely ordered this hangar to be torn down. Thereby destroying a big part of the aviation heritage in Pakistan.
Jinnah Terminal at Karachi Int'l Airport, Karachi
About Jinnah International Complex
It has 16 passenger gates and is able to handle 30 planes at the same time. 6 million passengers use the airport annually, while the airport itself boasts a capacity of handling upto 12 million passengers per annum.
Quaid-e-Azam International Airport in Karachi has always been the largest aviation facility in Pakistan. It is the primary hub of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). All other Pakistani airlines also use Quaid-e-Azam International Airport as their main hub. This includes Aero Asia International, Air Blue, Shaheen Air and the new airlines soon to be launched; Pearl Air & Safe Air.
Jinnah International Airport was once a much busier airport. In 1960's and 1970's was included in the destinations of several major airlines of the world including Lufthansa, Alitalia, Qantas, Air France, KLM, Pan Am, MEA, Swiss Air, SAS and Kuwait Airlines. However, due to terrorist acitivities that rocked the city of Karachi in mid-1980's, several airlines discontinued their service for Qauid-e-Azam International Airport. . However in the past couple of years the dwindling numbers of airlines does seem to have stabilised somewhat and whilst there hasn't been a marked incrase in the numbers of airlines flying to Karachi a few have either started or resumed flights e.g. Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. Economic factors may be partly responsible and as the economy of Karachi and subsequently Pakistan's expands there may yet be more carriers willing to return to Jinnah International.
The Isphhani Hangar
Jinnah International is also where the majority of PIA's maintenance network is located, although some of its maintenance work also takes place at Islamabad International Airport. There are several hangars at the airport, the largest is the Isphhani Hangar (named after a very historic person in Pakistan's history) that can accommodate two Jumbo 747s and one narrow body airliner (e.g. Boeing 737) at one time. On 15 February 2008, the first major overhaul of a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft (known as "C" check) was done at Ispahani Hangar.
Most of the PIA aircraft are checked and regulated at the aircraft hangars in Karachi. The PIA maintenance also check other airline aircraft in Karachi such as Philippine Airlines and Turkish Airlines.
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