Dense fog and low visibilty has challenged the second largest civil airport in Pakistan for years. To solve the problem, Safegate Group and Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport work together in an Airport Traffic Expansion project in order to weather proof the airport. The first phase of the project was completed in November before time shedule. We went Lahore to ask representatives from the airport, the Civil Aviation and the Safegate team about what the project means to the airport, the city and the passengers. Watch the result in this new documentary.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Lahore City in Punjab, in eastern Pakistan, is experiencing a boom in business and residential growth. But from mid-December until February, the winter climate brings dense fog, causing a problem for the airport. More than a hundred flights were cancelled in Lahore last year, due to low visibility. When aircraft have to divert it becomes extremely expensive for both airlines and airports and causes a lot of inconvenience for the passengers.
In June 2015 Safegate Group and Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport signed a contract to work together towards weather proofing the airport in only 12 months. Normally a project as complex as this can take years to implement.
FIRST PHASE – TO KEEP THE AIRPORT OPERATIONAL DURING LVP
The first objective was to keep the airport open and operational during fog and make sure the airport was able to land aircraft in low visibility before the winter, guaranteeing 5 movements per hour. CAT III b landing conditions for approach were enabled with new Airfield Lighting Systems (AFL) and Instrument Landing System (ILS).
Delivered goods in First Phase:
• 110 kilometre of primary cable
• 15 kilometres of multiple cable layers trenches
• 180 new Touchdown lights
• 224 new Runway centre lights
• 98 Runway edge lights
• 174 Elevated and inset Approach lights
• 54 Supplementary elevated and inset approach lights
• 4 Kilometres Slot cuts
• 150 m3 concrete poured
• 404 core drillings executed
• New ILS CAT III b system including localizer, Glide, Fare field monitor and shelter
• Electronic flight strip system and CONOPS workshop executed
NEXT PHASE – TO INCREASE AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS FROM 0 TO 25
The next objective is to secure the airport to be able to handle 25 movements per hour during bad weather conditions. This phase of the project entails a completely new CONOPS, installation of A-SMGCS including SMR and MLATs, Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System and operational and technical training of CAA personnel to facilitate safe and secure movement at all times.
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For information about the project please contact:
Patric Hammarlund, Area Sales Manager Dubai,
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