New Gwadar Airport

New Airport
Completion: 2 months ago (30-Sep-2023)
IATA: n/a
ICAO: n/a
City: Gwadar
Country/Territory: Pakistan

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The New Gwadar Airport is a joint venture between Pakistan, Oman and China. The Sultanate of Oman provided USD17.5 million for the airport project, whilst China plans to invest USD662 million for land development, sea port and airport works in and around Gwadar. Pakistan plans to develop the new facility on a 4000-acre land plot 25km away from the existing Gwadar International Airport. The China Communications Construction Company has been awarded the USD246m project, which is expected to be complete within a 30-month period. The New Gwadar Airport development project was inaugurated on 29-Mar-2019.

May-2023. Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) certified New Gwadar Airport for night time operations on 28-May-2023.

Aug-2022. Hytera won a contract to supply and install advanced communications equipment at New Gwadar Airport.


29-Jul-2022. Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority awarded National Engineering Services Pakistan a contract to provide Project Management Consultancy services for additional works for the New Gwadar Airport development project. The additional works will require an estimated investment of PKR10 billion (USD42.2 million).

18Jul-2022. New Gwadar Airport works are expected to be completed and the airport commissioned by Sep-2023. The airport commenced development works on 31-Oct-2019. Air traffic control tower development works are on track to be completed in Mar-2023 and passenger terminal development works are on track to be completed in Jun-2023.

Jun-2022. Pakistan's Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal reported New Gwadar Airport is expected to be commissioned on 23-Mar-2023.

Sep-2021. Pakistan's Government revised the budget for the New Gwadar Airport development project from PKR22.2 billion (USD131.3 million) to PKR51.3 billion (USD303.4 million). China's Government is providing PKR33.8 billion (USD199.9 million) for the project.

Aug-2021. New Gwadar Airport works are now expected to be completed by Oct-2023, rather than by Nov-2022, due to COVID-19 related delays. The airport commenced development works on 31-Oct-2019. Air traffic control tower development works are on track to be completed in Mar-2023 and passenger terminal development works are on track to be completed in Jun-2023.

May-2019. Beijing Urban Construction Group and China Railway Beijing Engineering Group led consortium won a CNY1424 million (USD206.8 million) tender to construct New Gwadar Airport on 05-May-2019. The New Gwadar Airport project plans to commence construction work by 30-Jun-2019 and targets 36 months construction period.

Mar-2019. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the New Gwadar Airport development project on 29-Mar-2019.

Dec-2018. Pakistan's Government aims to commence works to develop New Gwadar Airport in 1Q2019. 

Jun-2018. China's Acting Ambassador to Pakistan Zhao Lijian reported the design for New Gwadar Airport is completed. Mr Zhao said construction works for the airport development project will commence by the end of 2018.

May-2018. Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stated the New Gwadar Airport development project is in the final stages of the design and planning process. Mr Abbasi said preliminary construction works for the airport project are scheduled to commence by the end of May-2018.


28-Nov-2017. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's advisor on aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi reported construction works for the New Gwadar Airport development project are scheduled to commence in Sep-2018.

23-Nov-2017. Pakistan's Minister for Interior and Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal reported the joint cooperation committee of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor approved a proposed 2017-2030 long term infrastructure development and coordination plan. Mr Iqbal said China's representatives did not approve design plans for the New Gwadar Airport JV development project, but did agree to commence construction works for the airport in mid-2018.

Jun-2017. New Gwadar Airport plans to begin construction from Sep-2017 and is expected to be completed between two and three years. The airport, located 14km north of Gradar, will be capable of handling widebody aircraft.

May-2017. Gwadar Airport developers have received government approval to commence construction on the project.

Feb-2017. Pakistan's Balochistan Chief Secretary Saifullah Chatta said construction at New Gwadar Airport will facilitate domestic and international operations and allow widebody aircraft movements. The project is estimated to cost PKR22 billion (USD209.9 million) and likely be completed in Oct-2017. 

Sep-2016. Pakistan’s Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed stated 4380 acres of land has been acquired for the New Gwadar Airport development project. 

Mar-2016. Gwadar Development Authority director general Sajjad Hussain Baloch stated the new Gwadar Airport is expected to complete by the end of 2016. China Overseas Port Holding Company, the airport developer, will be conducting site visits on 19-Mar-2016 before it commences the USD246 million airport development project. 


12-Nov-2015. Pakistan's Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch spokesman Jan Muhammad Buledi said Chinese engineers will construct what will be Pakistan's largest airport in Gwadar as part of a USD46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project. The airport would be covered on an area of around 4000 acres. The airport - expected to be completed within 30 months - is among the many agreements signed between Pakistan and China on 11-Nov-2015.

10-Nov-2015. Pakistan's Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch stated the provincial government have allocated a site for the development of Gwadar International Airport and an export processing zone to encourage Gwadar's industrial and commercial exports. T project was awarded to China Communications Construction Company and will be funded by the Chinese government. 

Sep-2015. China's Government converted a USD230 million loan for the new Gwadar Airport project to grants. The bidding process to appoint a contractor for the project was cancelled and the contract will now be awarded to a Chinese company. The airport is scheduled to be complete by Dec-2017.

Jun-2015. Pakistan Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatisation Mohammad Ishaq Dar stated the Government plans to invest PKR3 billion (USD29.4 million) during the fiscal year 2015-16 (from 01-Jul-2015 until 30-Jun-2016) to construct the planned Gwadar International Airport. Minister Ishaq Dar said, “Keeping in view the significant role Gwadar has to play for strengthening the economy in the coming days, the government takes the development of this area very seriously”.

Jan-2015. Pakistan's Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved Gwadar Airport project. Oman's Government will contribute USD17.5 million to the PKR26.6 billion (USD264.6 million) project and China's Government is expected to provide USD662 million for land development, sea port and airport works in and around Gwadar.

Aug-2014. The Oman Government provided USD17.5 million for the airport project, according to the Pakistan CAA. Of the total amount, USD2.85 million was released for construction of watch towers, boundary walls and a road. The project is being undertaken by China Communications Construction Company.

Jun-2014. The Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal stated that as China will be financing the construction of Gwadar Airport the government will exclude the project from the public sector development programme for 2014-2015. The land for construction of Gwadar airport will be turned into equity, while China will provide the remaining financing.

Jul-2013. Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid said the development of an international airport on the Gwadar peninsula will provide a catalyst for economic growth and development in the region. Pakistan is interested in developing the Gwadar peninsula as a major port and trading area, particularly trade between Pakistan and China. The two countries recently signed eight MoUs, including the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor accord, which covers the establishment of a Special Economic Zone, Free Trade Zone and Export Processing Zone in the region and investment of up to USD750 million. The anticipated cost of the airport is USD250 million.

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