GILGIT: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate Friday the new terminal building of the Gilgit airport and address a meeting of the Gilgit Baltistan Council.
During his first visit to the Gilgit Baltistan, he will inaugurate the newly constructed terminal building that has an extended capacity to handle passengers. The project, completed at a cost of Rs 148 million, hosts a new building and basic facilities like a separate lounge for women, conveyer belt, airconditioners, fire detection system and internet facility.
Located in the foothills of snow-covered mountain tops, the new building of Gilgit airport terminal will provide basic amenities to facilitate local and foreign tourists.
Director Airport Services said Gilgit was a great attraction for tourists from across the country and the world. He said the old dilapidated terminal building could only handle around 40 passengers, but with the growing number of tourists, it can now easily take care of around 200 passengers.
He said four counters have also been setup for speedy handling of passengers, besides the system of flight enquiry. He said Gilgit has received 16,813 domestic tourists in 2013 and 2,279 foreign tourists, besides 140 trekking parties and 17 expedition parties.
The Prime Minister will also chair Gilgit Baltistan Council’s fifth meeting and discuss budget for 2013-14 and the timber policy.