QUETTA: Gwadar Airport will remain closed for a month for extension work, a notification said on Monday.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Gwadar Airport would remain closed from July 1 to July 30 in view of extension work on the runway.
The CAA further said that no decision has been made regarding any alternative airport use, adding that Turbat and Pasni airports are options for alternative airports.
The Gwadar Port which is located near key oil shipping lanes from the Persian Gulf provides closest access to sea to Central Asian Republics as well as Afghanistan.
Once completed, the airport will be capable of playing host to the largest passenger planes in the world, including the Airbus A380 jet. For this purpose, the CAA had allocated 3,000 acres of land. The airport will be given international status and operate under the open skies policy.
Earlier, during CPEC’s Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting held in Beijing in February this year, some participants expressed concern over the slow pace of progress on the Eastbay Expressway of the Gwadar Port and the Gwadar International Airport.