Passenger boarding bridge at Islamabad International Airport collapses

-A Monitor Report 16 Oct, 2018  |    -      +
Islamabad : An aerobridge for a flight at the International Airport (IIA) collapsed on October 8, injuring an operator of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

As the Gulf Airline's flight GF771, heading from to Bahrain, began to taxi, it was separated from a passenger boarding bridge which then collapsed.

A bridge operator was moving the bridge back when it collapsed. He suffered injuries from the broken glass.

No damage was caused to the parked airplane belonging to a foreign airline during the incident.

The cause of collapse of the passenger boarding bridge was yet to be determined.

The new airport, which is designed as "Y" shape, includes 15 passenger boarding bridges, a passenger-friendly terminal, two runways, three taxiways along with facilities to accommodate two double-deck A380, as many as 15 remote bays and seven remote bays for small aircraft.

The newly-constructed airport was inaugurated less than six months ago in May after going through its share of hiccups.

The long-awaited new airport in the federal capital opened its doors on May 1, after years of delays and setbacks and a soaring cost of over Rs100 billion.

The airport has a modular design which enables it to handle nine million passengers and 50,000 metric tons of cargo initially. The airport is located 30km away from central Islamabad, for which construction work started in April 2007.

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