7 International Airports in Pakistan – Location and Services

international airports in Pakistan

With the dawn of air travel, every major city in each country now has international airports for both domestic and international flights. 

In Pakistan, there are 7 major airports under the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority, which are listed below. 

International Airports in Pakistan

Below are 7 International airports in Pakistan as listed by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority, with their location, services, and codes. 

#International Airports in PakistanLocation
1Jinnah International AirportKarachi
2Quetta International AirportQuetta
3Allama Iqbal International AirportLahore
4Islamabad International AirportIslamabad
5Faisalabad International AirportFaisalabad 
6Multan International AirportMultan
7Bacha Khan AirportPeshawar

Now let’s explore each airport, one by one.

1. Jinnah International Airport

Jinnah International Airport

The largest international and domestic airport in Pakistan, the Jinnah International Airport (JIAP) is located in Karachi. 

The airport is named after Quaid-e-Azam, the founder of the country.

The airport has 4 terminals:  Jinnah Terminal, Terminal-I, II, and III. 

IATA: KHI

ICAO: OPKC

Location: Karachi, Jinnah International Airport 

Ranking: 2 stars by Skytrax 

Services:

  • Passenger Facilitation (Porter) Services (PFS)
  • Prayer rooms
  • Bank and currency exchange services 
  • Medical and Emergency services
  • Guest houses and hotel reservations 

2. Quetta International Airport

Quetta International Airport

Situated 12 km North West of Quetta, the airport caters to both International & Domestic flights.

Quetta International Airport is the 4th Highest airport in the country, about 1605 meters above sea level. 

IATA: UET 

ICAO: OPQT

Location: Quetta International Airport 

Services:

  • Restaurants, cafés, shops
  • First aid facilities
  • Banking services and Currency exchange
  • Post office
  • Prayer room and Business Lounge
  • Rent a car services
  • Telephone booths

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3. Allama Iqbal International Airport

 Allama Iqbal International Airport

Located on the eastern side of Lahore, the Allama Iqbal International Airport is a joint-user facility, spread over 1364 Acres.

It includes a new terminal complex, an old terminal building, 2 runways, and 22 Aircraft parking positions. 

IATA: LHE

ICAO: OPLA

Rankings: 2 stars by Skytrax 

Location: Lahore, Allama Iqbal International Airport 

Services:

  • Passenger Facilitation (Porter) Services (PFS)
  • Prayer rooms
  • Bank and currency exchange services 
  • Medical and Emergency services
  • Guest houses and hotel reservations 
  • Hajj Terminal
  • VVIP, business, and state guest services  
  • Daewoo booking center 

4. Islamabad International Airport

Islamabad International Airport

The Islamabad International Airport was inaugurated formally in 2018 for regular international and domestic flights.

The airport has 15 passenger boarding bridges and is spread over 19 square kilometers.

It includes facilities to accommodate the world’s largest airplane, the double-decker Airbus A380s, along with 15 remote bays and 3 remote bays for Air cargo. 

IATA: ISB

ICAO: OPIS

Location: Islamabad International Airport 

Ranking: 3 stars by Skytrax 

Services:

  • Passenger Facilitation (Porter) Services (PFS)
  • Free WiFi
  • Banking Services and Currency exchange
  • CIP/Air Lounge
  • Restaurants, hotels
  • Medical Services 

5. Faisalabad International Airport

Faisalabad International Airport

The Faisalabad International Airport is situated on Jhang Road, 10 kilometers southwest of the city center of Faisalabad. 

The airport is home to 2 flying schools used for the regular training of aviation enthusiasts and new cadets. 

IATA: LYP 

ICAO: OPFA

Location: Faisalabad International Airport 

Services:

  • Emergency and medical services 
  • Passenger Facilitation (Porter) Services (PFS)
  • Bank services 
  • Special care for senior citizens 
  • Restaurants and coffee shops

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6. Multan International Airport 

Multan International Airport

The Multan International Airport is situated 4 km West of Multan city. The Airport operates 7 days a week, round the clock. 

Local rickshaws and cabs connect the airport to the city.

A few moderate to cheap hotels are also available. The airport operates 7 days a week, round the clock. 

IATA: MUX

ICAO: OPMT

Location: Multan International Airport 

Services:

  • Emergency and medical services 
  • Passenger Facilitation (Porter) Services (PFS)
  • Bank services and post office 
  • Free WiFi
  • Special care for senior citizens 
  • Cab and Express Bus services 

7. Bacha Khan Airport

Bacha Khan Airport

Located in the heart of Peshawar, Bacha Khan International Airport is 180 km from Islamabad, a two-hour drive from the capital through the state-of-the-art M-1 motorway.

IATA: PEW

ICAO: OPPS

Location: Peshawar, Bacha Khan Airport 

Services:

  • Special care for senior citizens 
  • Emergency and medical services 
  • Prayer rooms, and shops
  • Daewoo booking centers 
  • Guest houses and hotel reservations 
  • Banking services and Currency exchange

Final Words

In this article, we explored 7 international airports in Pakistan.

While there is a long way to go in terms of meeting international standards, we hope the government will take necessary action to uplift the functionality and rankings of its airports. 

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