In a significant development, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has unveiled plans for major upgrades at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. During a board meeting held in the city, the PCAA greenlit essential decisions aimed at bolstering airport infrastructure and safety measures.

One of the key decisions involves the construction of a state-of-the-art Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. The existing ATC tower, which has been in operation for an impressive 91 years, faces height limitations and is no longer considered suitable for modern aviation needs. The approval for a new, modern ATC tower is expected to address these limitations and significantly enhance visibility and flight safety. The project is slated to be completed within a year.

Additionally, the PCAA has given the go-ahead for the establishment of a Rescue Fire Fighting (RFF) complex at Karachi's airport. This complex will serve as the home for fire offices and modern fire stations, ensuring swift and effective responses to emergency situations.

It's important to note that due to foreign exchange requirements, amounting to over 25 percent of the project's design cost, an approval from the Central Tender Working Party (CTWP) is needed. Once this approval is secured, the CAA will proceed to formalize an agreement with the selected consultant for the project.

The spokesperson emphasized that the location and height specifications of the new tower will strictly adhere to international standards and modern aviation requirements, ensuring its effectiveness and compliance with global aviation norms. This move represents a significant step forward in enhancing safety and infrastructure at Karachi's airport, benefiting both domestic and international travelers.

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