In This Post:
Overview of Peshawar Airport
Code of Peshawar Airport
History of BKIAP
Management of Bacha Khan Airport
Location of Peshawar Airport
Airlines operating at Peshawar Airport
Facilities at Peshawar Airport
Peshawar Airport’s Inquiry Number
Property Investment near BKIAP
Peshawar Airport, also known as Bacha Khan International Airport (BKIAP), is an international travel hub similar to major airports in Pakistan, such as Karachi Airport, Islamabad Airport, and Lahore Airport.
We had recently shared comprehensive guides on international airports in different cities of the country, including Multan and Sialkot. Similar to our past posts, we are back with a new guide, and this time we’re covering Peshawar International Airport.
More about Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar
The province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is served by several airports, making it easier to find reasonable airfares, but it can also make planning your trip to the province more challenging. The region’s main international airport — Bacha Khan International Airport — is the busiest in the province.
Peshawar Airport is definitely the easiest way to get from Peshawar [and its nearby cities] to international destinations due to the number of nonstop flights by major international carriers, which we’ll list down in the latter part of this blog.
We know for a fact that the city of flowers is known as the primary passenger hub for both national and international visitors coming to or departing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Owing to its major percentage of internationally bound flights, the airport is currently being evaluated for expansion.
As per the official website of Peshawar Airport, “The CAA is currently working with the provincial government to develop the airport to meet international standards. The airport has several facilities to handle the normal needs of passengers such as telephone calling (domestic/international) booths, money exchange facilities, automatic teller machines, Internet stations (powered by Wateen), information counters, gifts and souvenir shops, snack shops, rental car service, as well as a post office. At present, the following technical features are available at the airport.”
Now that you have the basic information about Peshawar International Airport, let’s look at some technical traits of this airbase:
- Peshawar Airport boasts a beautiful mix of flexible and rigid pavements for both passengers and cargo flights.
- The airport is occupied by nose-in parking for four wide-bodied aircraft or three Airbus and two narrow-body aircraft [at a time].
- There’s a 9,000 feet long, 150-feet-wide runway with 10-feet-wide shoulders on either side of the airport. The runway is designed in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization Category 4E.
- The runway at the Peshawar Airport is crossed by a railroad track, which is non-operational for now, and it is said to be the only such runway in the world.
Code of Peshawar International Airport
The IATA airport code is allotted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to confirm the authority of operational airports and to create a better collaboration on a global level. In order to operate international airlines, every airport must be listed with IATA since it ensures the safety and reliability factor of an airfield. Having said that, the IATA airport code of Peshawar International Airport is PEW.
Likewise, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is another global institution that oversees worldwide air traffic and flight plans. The ICAO code of Peshawar Airport is OPPS.
History of Peshawar Airport
The history of Peshawar Airport predates the creation of Pakistan when it catered to the British Empire and a few other airlines. As per the official website, the origins of the airport can be traced back to 1927, when it was considered a small airfield. Owing to its strong connection with eastern countries, the city of flowers was deemed as the ‘Gateway to the East’.
After the creation of Pakistan, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan and the Armed Forces of Pakistan used it for civil operations and military bases. During 1965, the airfield gained the status of the international airport after the first flight from Kabul to Afghanistan landed on the runway.
Management of Peshawar International Airport
Established on 7th December 1982, the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan is responsible for the affairs of both domestic and international flights in the country. It is a state-owned department that operates under the Pakistan Civil Aviation Ordinance 1982. According to the official website, the department is responsible for:
- Promoting and regulating activities related to flights and airline operations.
- Developing a safe infrastructure for air traffic in the country.
- Bringing constant reforms and efficiency in the current infrastructure of airports registered with the CAA.
- Regulate the prices of air transport and make it affordable.
- Make adequate efforts to maintain the standard of air transport in the country.
To find out more about the organisation, visit the official website of CAA and navigate to the ‘About’ section on the portal.
Location of Peshawar Airport
Just a few minutes’ drive from the city’s posh neighbourhoods – Hayatabad and DHA – Bacha Khan Airport enjoys a stellar location in Peshawar Cantonment on Airport Road. The road is linked with some of the city’s major arteries, such as Grand Trunk Road and Peshawar Ring Road. These roads further connect the airport to Charsadda Road, Northern Bypass, and Dora Road at a later point. You can also reach the airport via Khyber Road and Mall Road.
Some of the most popular areas of the city are located in proximity to Peshawar Airport. University Town, Gulberg, Hassan Ghari, and Riaz Shaheed Colony are a few significant residential areas to mention in this regard. It takes around a drive of 10-20 mins to reach the airport from the aforementioned areas.
Peshawar Railway Station is located 4.4 km northeast of the airport. The railway station serves passengers commuting from nearby regions, but a cab is still the best option to get to Peshawar Airport.
How to Get to Peshawar Airport?
Peshawar Airport is situated strategically in Hayatabad, and its close connection with major arteries makes it easily accessible from any corner of the city. You can use different modes of transport to reach the airport – from public buses to private rental cars, everything is available in the city.
Speaking of which, if you want a bit more comfortable ride, you can use shuttle services offered by Daewoo to and from the airport. We have mentioned the details below:
Daewoo Pick and Drop Contact Information and Pickup Point
Address: GTS Workshop opposite General Bus Stand, Grand Trunk (G.T) Road, Peshawar.
Contact Number: 0091-111-007-008
Alternative Contact Number: 0333-9298558
Official Website: www.daewoo.com.pk
Airlines Operating at Peshawar International Airport
Simply strolling across the passenger terminal can make you understand who’s who of international airlines and a potpourri of people from around the world. However, we have mentioned the details of international and domestic airlines operating to and from Peshawar International Airport, just for your convenience.
|Airline Name||Contact Number||Official Website|
|Pakistan International Airline (PIA)||091-9212371-9||www.piac.com.pk|
|Saudi Arabian Airlines||091-5253532||www.saudiairlines.com|
Note: The information mentioned above has been extracted from the official website of the Civil Aviation Authority.
When to Arrive for Your Flight?
Your arrival time at Peshawar airport mainly depends on your flight schedule for Peshawar Airport and destination. As per the official website of the CAA, we have explained the ideal arrival times below:
- If you are flying domestically, it is recommended to arrive at least 2 hours before your flight.
- International flyers should arrive at least 4 hours before the scheduled take-off because the checking-in process and airport transfers are quite lengthy.
Pro Tip: It is best to look at the city’s traffic conditions and plan accordingly if you want to avoid the hassles of airport transfers.
Facilities at Peshawar International Airport
Now, let’s learn more about some significant facilities at Peshawar Airport.
- Emergency and Medical Services
- Protocol & Porter Services
- Special Care for Senior Citizens
Emergency and Medical Services
Peshawar Airport boats top-notch medical facilities to accommodate the medical needs and emergencies of commuters. The airport is equipped with a fully-functional medical centre that was upgraded with additional facilities recently. For further convenience of passengers, the management has appointed male and female medical officers at the airport medical centre.
According to the official website of Peshawar Airport, “There is state-of-the-art 2 bedded treatment for the sick passengers as well as CAA Employees. The detention room is equipped with all necessary machines such as an automated defibrillator, nebulizer, glucometer, and suction unit. All rooms have the latest facilities and are maintained in the best possible manner.”
Protocol & Porter Services
Peshawar Airport features porter services under the umbrella of “Passenger Facilitation Services” (PFS). These facilities are made available for all travellers arriving at or departing from the airport. The service enables commuters to carry their heavy luggage and valuable belongings safely from the drop-off or car parking area to check-in counters at the time of arrival and vice versa.
The Passenger Facilitation Services at Peshawar Airport can be availed for:
PPS Charges for Domestic Passengers: PKR 200/-
PPS Charges for International Passengers: PKR 400/-
Special Care for Senior Citizens and People with Special Needs
Some specialised services are made available to accommodate particular passengers, senior citizens, and people with special needs. These services can be availed under the umbrella of “Special Care for Senior Citizens. The services can be availed from the airport at any hour of the day. However, the official website recommends that passengers [with special needs] inform their respective airlines about their requirements. On the other hand, commuters with special needs can also contact the concerned airline for wheelchair services on their special counters that are generally situated near Peshawar Airport’s departure or arrival lounges.
Additional services at Peshawar Airport
Some additional facilities at Peshawar Airport are mentioned below:
- Baggage Trolleys
- Food, Drink, and Retail Stores
- Mobile Charging Stations
- Muslim Prayer Rooms
- Post Office, ATMs, and Banks
- Shuttle Services to and from Airport
- Unlimited Internet Access
Peshawar Airport’s Inquiry Number
If you need any further information or assistance regarding flight schedule in Peshawar Airport, you can call the inquiry number for Bacha Khan International Airport:
Peshawar Airport’s Contact Number: 091-9211525
Property investment near Peshawar International Airport
Honestly speaking, property investment near Peshawar Airport is a tricky nut to crack considering the available options in the basket. That is why we recommend taking a careful approach to finding the best areas to buy a property in Peshawar. If you are intrigued by the airport facilities and fly to and from often from the city, here’s a list of some property option near Bacha Khan Airport that you must consider:
- Properties for sale in University Town
- Buying a house in Hayatabad
- Residential properties in DHA Peshawar
So, this was our complete guide to Bacha Khan International Airport. We have tried to cover every query about this international airport in Peshawar. However, if we have missed anything, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Disclaimer: This blog aims to provide a handy guide to the airport in Peshawar. The information in this blog has been extracted from the official sources and websites of the Peshawar International Airport. It will help you with smooth navigation as well as airport transfers. We’d also like to mention that Zameen.com is not responsible in case the information alters or contradicts the official sources. However, we take the responsibility of updating the information timely.
Note: Some images in this post, including the cover image, have been sourced from the official page of Peshawar Airport.