Gwadar International Airport

Gwadar International Airport (IATA: GWD, ICAO: OPGD) (Balochi: بالی پٹ گوادر, Urdu: گوادر بین الاقوامی طیران گاہ) is an international airport situated 14 km (9 miles) north of the city centre of Gwadar,[1] in the Balochistan province of Pakistan.

Gwadar International Airport

گوادر بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈا (Urdu)
بال پٹ گوادر (Balochi)
Gwadar Intl CAA.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorPakistan Civil Aviation Authority
ServesGwadar, Balochistan, Pakistan
LocationGwadar Port
Opened1966 (57 years ago) (1966)
Hub for
Elevation AMSL28 ft / 8.40 m
Coordinates25°13′56″N 062°19′38″E / 25.23222°N 62.32722°E / 25.23222; 62.32722
Location in Gwadar
GWD/OPGW is located in Balochistan, Pakistan
Location of airport in Gwadar
GWD/OPGW is located in Pakistan
GWD/OPGW (Pakistan)
GWD/OPGW is located in Asia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,000 6,500 Asphalt
Statistics (2017-18[4])
Passenger changeIncrease16.9%
Aircraft movements828 Increase 15.9% Sources: AIP Pakistan[1] and DAFIF[2][3]


The history of the airport is traced back to 1958 when the Government of Pakistan bought Gwadar from Muscat’s Sultan.[5] Air operations started in 1966. The airport gained international status when two weekly flights from Karachi to Muscat via Gwadar were initiated with Fokker F-27 aircraft.[when?] The terminal building was inaugurated in 1984 and the airport was established as a domestic airport and considered to be the biggest airport of Balochistan which facilitates the passengers especially the people of Gwadar. The new departure/VIP lounges were opened in 2008.[citation needed]

The current airport caters mainly to the population of Gwadar. Pakistan International Airlines, the main airline flying out of the airport, connects Gwadar to Karachi, Turbat, Quetta, Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait City, Riyadh, Tehran, Mashhad, Bahrain and Muscat. Other airlines had recently launched their flights to Gwadar and currently had been doing pretty well due to successful performance. These included Oman Air, which flew to Muscat using ATR 42 aircraft, and airblue, which started twice daily flights to Karachi through its joint venture partner JS Air.


  • Apron
    • Four narrow body aircraft can park at the apron at one time. Every type of jet can land here.[citation needed]
  • Lounges
    • One domestic and one International lounge.
    • One CIP/VIP lounge for premium and executive passengers. (newly inaugurated in 2008)
  • Additional
    • Facility for prayer available; separate for ladies and gents.
    • Fire services, NDB, standby generators are available.
    • 24-hour priority notice for unexpected arrival into the airport.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Pakistan International Airlines Karachi, Muscat, Turbat

New Gwadar International AirportEdit

Gwadar Airport Underconstruction in 2022

The New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA) is being built and will be country's biggest when completed in September 2023, although a soft opening and a test flight is scheduled for 23 March 2023 when it is expected to be inaugurated by the Chinese leader Xi Jinping.[6] Occupying 4,300 acres (17 km2) of land, it is located in Gurandani, 26 km north-east of the existing airport in Gwadar City on the south-western Arabian Sea coast of Balochistan region. NGIA is expected to cost $246 million. It is fully funded by China as a grant.[7][8][9]

PM Imran Khan had laid down the foundation stone for NGIA on 29 March 2019.[10][11] This greenfield airport will include a modern terminal building alongside a cargo terminal, with refrigeration facilities for perishable items, with an initial handling capacity of 30,000 tonnes a year. NGIA will have the capacity to accommodate wide body aircraft including Airbus A380 & Boeing 747-8 and including narrow body aircraft such as ATR-72 & Boeing 737-900ER.[12][13][14]

It will have a single runway with 3,658 metres of length and a width of 75 metres that will have the capacity to accommodate wide bodied aircraft. A taxiway of 23 metres length alongside a 10.5 metre paved shoulders for both sides.[9] The airport will also have the capacity to build the second runway in the north direction of the first runway. An Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower, crash, fire and rescue facilities will be built as well as a fuel farm.

The Civil Aviation Authority had awarded the design to build contract of the new airport to the China Communications Construction Company (CCC), which is expected to be completed in March 2023 [15] and opened in September 2023.[16]

The New Gwadar International Airport will be constructed at a cost of Rs55.4 billion.[17]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b AIP Pakistan: OPGD – Gwadar Archived 19 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Airport information for OPGD". World Aero Data. Archived from the original on 5 March 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link) Data current as of October 2006. Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for GWD at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  4. ^ "Statistical Data for Web site Major Traffic Flow Airport & Airline wise - Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority".
  5. ^ Baloch, Behram. "Gwadar & Sultanate of Oman | Balochistan Inside". Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Chinese President Xi to Inaugurate Gwadar Airport". Yes Property Force. 30 January 2023. Retrieved 31 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Construction work on Gwadar airport to begin in April". 4 February 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  8. ^ "New Gwadar International Airport, Pakistan". Airport Technology. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  9. ^ a b[bare URL PDF]
  10. ^ "Prime Minister Open Work On New Gawadar Airport". UrduPoint. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Pakistan's Gwadar International Airport will be the largest in the country". Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Development of Gwadar will benefit entire world: PM". Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  13. ^ "New Gwadar International Airport | China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Official Website". Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  14. ^ Zafar, Mohammad (29 March 2019). "Imran launches work on mega projects in Balochistan". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  15. ^ "New Gwadar International Airport | China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority Official Website". Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  16. ^ "Test flights from New Gwadar International Airport likely to be started from 23rd". Nation. 10 March 2023. Retrieved 2 April 2023.
  17. ^ Rana, Shahbaz (12 October 2020). "Gwadar International Airport project okayed". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 15 October 2020.

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