Ex­pan­sion of Sialkot cargo ter­mi­nal likely

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

SIALKOT: Chair­man Sialkot In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Malik Muham­mad Ashraf said a com­pre­hen­sive plan was be­ing fi­nal­ized for set­ting up a mod­ern ho­tel as well as an ex­hi­bi­tion hall at the air­port. Talk­ing to APP on Mon­day,he said the ba­sic con­cept of set­ting up a ho­tel was to pro­vide mod­ern ac­com­mo­da­tion to for­eign vis­i­tors dur­ing their visit to Sialkot while the aim of es­tab­lish­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion hall was to hold in­ter­na­tional/do­mes­tic trade fairs/expo, as well as for hold­ing sin­gle coun­try ex­hi­bi­tion.

"We are work­ing on the es­tab­lish­ment of sep­a­rate in­ter­na­tional and na­tional ar­rival and de­par­ture ter­mi­nals to fa­cil­i­tate the pas­sen­gers at air­port", Chair­man said and added that the step had been taken to fa­cil­i­tate pas­sen­gers.He said a sep­a­rate counter will also be set up for for­eign na­tion­als. Se­cu­rity ar­range­ments were im­proved,po­lice post was es­tab­lished closby, while cam­eras had been fixed at var­i­ous points of the air­port,he said. He said the air­port man­age­ment was also ac­tively con­sid­er­ing to ex­pand cargo ter­mi­nal keep­ing in view the all time in­crease in cargo flights and vol­ume of cargo."We are mak­ing hec­tic ef­forts for ob­tain­ing suf­fi­cient funds from Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Fund for the pro­posed ex­pan­sion of cargo ter­mi­nal".

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