Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport
Address: Lahore 54810, Pakistan
Tel: +92 (0) 42 9240508
IATA code: LHE
ICAO code: OPLA
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The airport of the city Lahore in Pakistan is called Allama Iqbal International Airport. Lahore is second busiest city in the country after Karachi. The city Lahore is in the Punjab province. The airport is located about 10 miles (16 km) east of the city center. There are three terminals and two runways at this airport to process the Lahore flight arrivals.
History of Lahore airport
The current airport was not always the airport of Lahore city. In the past, Walton Airport was the only one for all Lahore airport arrivals. Pakistan Airlines had routes with the Boeing 720. Unfortunately, the plane could not be fully loaded. It would be too heavy for Walton Airport. In order to be able to land larger aircraft in Lahore, a completely new airport was opened in 1962 to process Allama Iqbal airport arrivals. A runway was built to allow the Boeing 747 type aircraft to land. Direct routes were started to London and Dubai with a stopover in the capital Karachi. Decades later, the demand for air travel has increased. As a result, a larger terminal had to be built. This was put into operation in 2003. Since then, it has also been renamed Allama Iqbal International Airport.
At the Lahore airport
There are 7 air bridges available for both domestic and international Lahore arrivals. However, there is room for 23 extra places for aircraft to temporarily park. The runways are made of concrete and asphalt. runway 36R/18L is 11,000 feet and runway 18R/36L is 9,000 feet long. There are also rescue and fire fighting services. The three available terminals are separated as the Hajj terminal, Allama Iqbal terminal and a terminal which is in use for cargo flights.
It is certainly not a very large airport, but it handles around 5 million passengers every year. In 2006 this was only 2.7 million. The cargo arrivals are also slowly rising. There are several airlines that transport cargo such as DHL, MNG airlines and TCS Couriers.
Lahore flight routes
Freight transport does not have many routes. Some of these are:
Karachi is by far the most important destination for passenger transport with about ten flights per day operated by different airlines. Many flights remain in the region such as to Jeddah, Islamabad, Kuwait City, Dammam, Muscat and Riyadh. For long-haul flights, in most cases a stopover will have to be made at Karachi. The United Arab Emirates are popular not only for freight transport but also for passenger flights.