China Construction Third Engineering Bureau won a tender for the design, procurement and construction of the largest airport in Pakistan. According to the agreements reached, the Chinese construction company will fully upgrade the Lahore International Airport named after Allama Iqbal, in addition, experts from China will build a new terminal, as well as modernize the runways of the airfield.
The statement by the China Construction Third Engineering Bureau indicates that the reconstruction of Lahore International Airport will be the largest international project in the history of the company. Earlier this construction company already worked in Pakistan. Specialists of the China Construction Third Engineering Bureau took part in the construction of the Karachi-Lahore high-speed road, the Arfa Technology Park and the Centaur hotel in the capital of Pakistan.
It is expected that the complete modernization of Lahore International Airport will be a key stage in the integration of the Pakistani transport infrastructure into the China’s One Belt, One Road project.
As previously reported, in late June, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Pakistan’s chief foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz, during which the two sides exchanged views on the prospects for the development of bilateral cooperation.
Allama Iqbal International Airport is currently the second largest civil airport in Pakistan, serving Lahore, the capital of Punjab province as well a large portion of the travellers from the Punjab province. After reconstruction and upgrades, it will become the largest and most significant airport hub in the country.