Allama Iqbal International Airport (Lahore)
Allama Iqbal International Airport (Lahore)

The real name of Airport situated in Lahore is Allama Iqbal International Airport named after Pakistan Renowned Personality Allama Muhammad Iqbal. It is the second largest airport of Pakistan and a large amount of passengers travel through this Airport to their destinations. The airport currently has three terminals: the Allama Iqbal terminal, the Hajj terminal and a cargo terminal and is the second most busiest airport in Pakistan
IATA code: LHE ICAO code: OPLA
At first Walton Airport was used as the main Airport for the city but with the passage of time when PIA acquired their First ever Boeing 720, Walton Airport was unable to handle the load of the Aircraft and a new airport was constructed in 1962. This allowed Lahore to open its gates to the world. PIA initiated direct flights to Dubai and London via Karachi. [1] Airport History

Location:Lahore, Punjab
Name:Allama Iqbal International Airport (lahore)
In Urdu:علامہ اقبال بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈا
Operator:Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
Local Language Name:Lahore International Airport
Coordinates :31°31?17?N 074°24?12?E
Latitude:N 31° 31′ 17.62
Longitude:E 74° 24′ 16.47
Longest Runway:11000′
Magnetic Variance:E 1.0°
Fuel Type:JET A-1 fuel is available
Oxygen:Oxygen facilities are unavailable.
Repair Facility:Minor airframe repairs are available. Minor engine repairs are available.
Landing Fee:There is a landing fee.
Jet Start Unit:A starting unit is not available at the airport.
Precision Approach:One or more charts for the airport support precision approaches
Beacon Light:A beacon light is not available.
Customs Facilities:Customs are available without restriction
Usage Type:Airport/Heliport is open to the public.
Time Zone Conversion:-5:00=UTC
Daylight Savings:Airport observes daylight savings time
Change Notices Available:none
Remote Parking Stands:23
Air Bridges :7
Runway :36R/18L: 3,310 meters long, 46 meters wide.
Runway:36L/18R: 2,900 meters long, 46 meters wide.
Hub for:Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Aviators & Aviation

Allama Iqbal Airport outside ViewAirport ViewAirport LoungeAllama Iqbal Airport RunwayFlight View


Airport View

  1. Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore is situated on eastern side of the provincial capital city i.e. Lahore, known for its rich cultural heritage and hospitality. It is joint user facility, spread on 1364 Acers and comprise of new terminal complex, old terminal building including State Lounge and Hajj Lounge besides 02 runways and 22 Aircraft parking positions. The airside / terminal facilities are capable to handle operations of the type of Boeing 747.
  2. New terminal complex was commissioned in March 2003 and the facility is presently handling 4.21 million passengers traffic (Domestic / International, Arrivals / Departures) and 85000 tons of cargo per annum. Presently 15 airlines are operating which includes 4 local airlines i.e. PIA, Air Blue, Air Indus and Shaheen and 11 international airlines i.e. Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Saudia , Gulf Air, Air Arabia, Thai Air, Turkish Air, Kuwait Airways, Oman and Fly NAS. Public transport is available from airport to the town and back. Whereas, metro radio cabs and rent a car services are also available at the airport and separate counters / parking lots have been provided in front of terminal building. [2] Airport Introduction


AIIA Terminal

  1. Over the course of next 25 years the Government had to built the new Airport to meet the growing needs for the region. A new Terminal was inaugurated in March 2003 by President General Pervaiz Musharraf. The Airport was named Allama Iqbal International Airport
  2. In 2008, the national flag carrier of the UAE, Etihad Airways, opened a dedicated aircraft line maintenance facility in Lahore. The facility is equipped with the latest technology and equipment, which will be used for all day-to-day technical line maintenance on Etihad aircraft including hydraulic structural and instrument checks
  3. The expansions plans were approved by Prime Minister in March 2014 for the extension of AIIA Terminal. In 2015, the Prime Minister announced that both sides of the terminal will be extended. The airport will have a separate terminal for domestic passengers. It was also announced that a new wide body aircraft hangar would be built at the airport to accommodate aircraft as large as the Boeing 777 [3] AIIA Terminal

CIP Lounges

Airport Lounge

  1. Separate domestic & international departure lounges. (Capacity 1,200 passengers each)
  2. Separate men’s and women’s prayer rooms in both domestic & international lounges
  3. One business class lounge (international departures).
  4. PTCL & Card-operated telephones (PCOs) are available within the lounges
  5. Several duty-free shops including food and drink counters
  6. .Free internet Wi-Fi access
  7. The Elbow Room (Coffee & Bakery snacks)
  8. Traditional Pakistani Sweets counters
  9. The Club Lounge (Premium Lounge Facility) *Payed [4] CIP Lounge [5] Airport Lounge

Apron And Runway

  1.  7 air bridges with PSS & APSS facilities
  2. .23 remote parking stands
  3. .Two parallel runways one concrete the other asphalt
  4. .Runway 36R/18L: 3,310 meters long, 46 meters wide.
  5.  Runway 36L/18R: 2,900 meters long, 46 meters wide
  6. .Parallel taxi way for rapid entry/exit
  7. .Instrument Landing System Category-II. ILS CAT-III on RWY 36R.Navigational Aids
  8. Navigational Aids: DVOR/DME/TDME, NDB, VOR, ILS

The situation at Lahore

The situation at Lahore Allama Iqbal international Airport has been chaotic for the last two weeks. The airport was packed with the backlog of dozens delayed domestic and international flights for many days as thick fog blanketed the country�s busiest airport, suspending flight operations for more than 18 hours a day.To contain the worsening situation, the Civil Aviation Authorities limited the flight operations to 10am till evening. In the first week of January, more than 140 Pakistan International Airlines flights were affected due to thick fog. In the past two weeks, the number of affected flights crossed 200, causing an estimated loss of 200 million rupees only to PIA, a senior official of the airline says. The loss, he says, is in different shapes, including airport charges, adjusting passengers of delayed flights, cancellation and diversion of some flights, and bearing the expenses of passengers accommodated at different hotels at different stations.Though a number of flights have been rescheduled in the past two weeks, still the airline operates flights only when the weather is suitable. Some of the flights had to be diverted to Karachi or Islamabad or other airports, resulting in additional costs to the flag carrier.The loss is adding to the PIA ongoing annual loss and weakening financial position. According to a report submitted to the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) in its meeting a few weeks ago, from 2011 to June 2014, the air carrier had suffered a loss of Rs207.69 billion. Before that, the figure stood at Rs74.89 billion.Such losses of airlines, due to suspension of flights at airports, are actually the responsibility of Civil Aviation Authority the controlling authority of Pakistans airports. CAA is responsible for making the airport functional. That is why the airlines are fined all over the world for delays in flights or occupying runway or designated terminal for more than allocated time.The problem in Pakistan is that most of our airports, including at Multan and Peshawar, have no Instrument Landing System (ILS) at all. Pilots have to operate visually and airports have to be closed when thick fog drifts. According to reports, Pakistans Islamabad and Faisalabad airports have Category-I system which requires the runway visibility to be at least 1,800 ft for the airports to operate. Only Lahore has a Category-II system that makes it functional until the visibility drops below 1,200 ft.To avoid such losses, PIA and CAA officials think Pakistan needs Category-III (CAT-III) ILS, which has been in place in many countries for the past several years.

This system

This system allows airports to operate even in thick fog.In a recent development, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved the expansion of Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. Shujaat Azim, advisor to the prime minister on aviation, says after the PC-1 is made, it will be placed before the board for approval. Lahore airport will have an ILS Category-III system, enabling the aircraft to land at zero visibility. The system would be in place within next 120 days after its approval.At the moment, only Islamabadïs Benazir Bhutto International Airport and Lahore Airport have old version of landing system  the CAT-II system. No other airport in the country has this system so far.However, the challenge is that this system costs millions of dollar. Also, an official said this system is not feasible for Lahore Airport where it is required the most, because for that system the airport runway needs a lot of space to make sure visibility and direction. According to surveys and estimates, a huge population around the airport in Defence Housing Authority and Cantonment localities around the runway, needs to be vacated.CAT-III and CAT-II require the use of an auto-landing system for the aircraft, which essentially means that the autopilot lands the airplane while the pilots monitor the aircraft and autopilot closely for any anomaly. CAT-III landings on the most modern aircraft do not require the pilots to see the runway prior to landing. Most of commercial airliners and crew are certified for CAT-III system.Flight operations are disrupted at Lahore Airport every year after Runway Visual Range drops below 350 meters due to thick fog. Recently, India sanctioned upgradation of Kolkata Airport with ILS Category-III on primary runway, making it the second airport in India equipped with this latest technology.Pakistans airports are already losing reputation in the world. Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad has been ranked among the worst airports around the world in a survey by an online airport guide in 2014.[6] Apron and Runway


Pakistan State Oil provides fuel to all the Airlines departing or arriving at the Airport. Fire Fighting and Rescue Services of category 9 are also present at the Airport. There is a Mosque also located outside the Airport at the left hand side of the Terminal for the Passengers. CAA Porter and Metro cab services are present at all times. Custom and Immigration Services are present for all the International flights. Nirala Sweets and Dunkin Donuts are also present for the refreshment of the passengers [7] Airport Services


  1. Airport Road، Lahore 54000
  2. Code: LHE
  3. Elevation: 213 m
  4. Phone: (042) 99031000
  5. Serves: Lahore