Allama Iqbal International Airport (IATA: LHE, ICAO: OPLA) is the second-largest civil airport in Pakistan, serving Lahore, the capital of the Punjab province. Previously known as the Lahore International Airport until the new terminal building was completed in 2003, it was renamed after Allama Sir Muhammad Iqbal, the Islamic poet-philosopher who was a major advocate for the creation of the state of Pakistan.
The airport currently has three terminals; the Allama Iqbal terminal, the Hajj terminal, and a cargo terminal. The airport is located about 15 kilometres from the centre of the city.
On March 5, 2010 The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan released a tender for the expansion of the airport, the number of check in desks will be doubled from 24 to 48 as will the number of immigration counters from 10 to 20. The terminal will also be expanded and the area which was strategically kept aside for future expansion when the airport was built will be fully utilised.
A Seamless Transition from the Ground Up, your experience on the ground with us is just as important as in the air. Our team of experts continually work to improve the quality of the end-to-end services, we deliver on ground to facilitate our valuable customer flights at OPLA LHE Ground Handling Lahore Pakistan from arrival till departure.
OPLA LHE Lahore Airport Data
|Airport||Allama Iqbal Intl Airport|
|Airport Of Entry||Yes|
|Operating Hours||24 Hours|
|Longest Runway||11024 X 150, 18L/36R|
|Magnetic Variation||001° E (01/06)|
Ground Handling Services
- Landing Permit
- Ground Handling Arrangement
- Flight Supervision
- Navigation Charges
- Flight Planning including Weather and NOTAM
- 24 Hours Flight Watch
- Flight Follow Up
- Fuel Uplift On Credit Bases
- Aircraft Refueling Coordination
- Flight Catering
- Crew Hotel Arrangement
- Ground Transportation
- Cargo Ground Handling
- Weather & NOTAM Briefings
- Arrival / Departure General Declaration Clearance from Government Authorities
- Security Arrangements For Passengers, Crew & Aircraft
- The above services are available in any combination to suit your needs
- Provision of OPLA ground handling services for all types of aircrafts through authorized ground handling companies at any location in Pakistan
Non Schedule / Schedule Operations
In pursuance to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, signed at Chicago on 7th December 1944 (Chicago Conventions), Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) issues the following types of flight permissions to foreign registered aircraft subject to the conditions specified hereunder:
- Landing Permission
- Helicopter Flight/Aerial Photography/Aerial Spray/Low Flying By Fixed Wing Aircraft
- Operations To Joint Users/Disused Airfield
- VVIP Or VIP Flight Permission
The permission for non-schedule flights will only be given to Authorized Flight Permission Agents.
Passenger / Business Charter Flights
- Details of passengers on board, their passport no. nationality, address & contact numbers in Pakistan
- Purpose of travel
- Aircraft Specification
- Copy of AOC with validity
- Copy of AWC with validity
- Confirmation of comprehensive insurance coverage (hull, pax, crew & third party) as per ICAO Montréal convention 1999
- Tentative stay of each passenger in Pakistan & proposed date of departure
- Details of any cargo on board
- For business charter flights confirmation letter of invitation from the inviting organization, company or a person i.e. receiving party details
Cargo Charter Flights
- Specific details of cargo on board
- Aircraft Specification
- Copy of AOC with validity
- Copy of AWC with validity
- Confirmation of comprehensive insurance coverage (hull, passengers, crew & third party) as per ICAO Montréal Convention 1999
Permission for Helicopter flight operating at an altitude below 10000 ft shall be issued in coordination with concerned security agencies for which at least 15 days’ notice is required.
Aerial Photography & Aerial Spray
Permission for Aerial photography & Aerial spray flights operating at altitude below 10000 ft shall be issued in coordination with concerned security agencies for which at least 15 days’ notice required.
Low Flying By Fixed Wing Aircraft
Permission for low flying by fixed wing aircraft operating at an altitude below 10000 ft shall be issued in coordination with concerned security agencies for which at least 15 days’ notice is required.
Operator is to request for permission for demonstration flight by foreign registered civil aircraft at least 10 days in advance. Permission will be issued in coordination with concerned security agencies.
VVIP Or VIP Flight Permission
Permission for VVIP or VIP flights shall be processed through Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Islamabad Pakistan for prior approval of the Federal Government through diplomatic channels.
Permission will be issued on receipt of the concurrence from MOFA by Air Transport Directorate, CAA.
Military Flight Clearances
Clearances for all military flights operated by military aircraft and to military/civil airfields are given by Air Headquarters.
Procedures For IFR Flights Within Lahore TMA
a) Unless special permission has been obtained from Lahore Approach or Lahore Tower as appropriate, fight within Lahore TMA and Lahore CTR shall be in accordance with the Instrument Flight Rules.
b) Walton Aerodrome is in close proximity. Local training flights by light aircraft and glider are in progress during day.
c) All flights are required to notify persons on board to Lahore Ground at the time of start-up.
d) All aircraft arriving at Lahore to maintain 2500ft on QNH until cleared for further descent by ATC. Aircraft departing from RWY 18 shall maintain RWY heading until passing 2500 FT on QNH.
The inbound, transit and outbound routes shown on the charts may vary at the discretion of ATS. In case of congestion inbound aircraft may be instructed to hold at one of the designated reporting points.
Following en-route holding points have been established for air traffic involved in holding when operating within Lahore TMA
1. LEMOM-fix from Lahore VOR/DME
LEMOM-inbound 049 degrees (M) (Radial 229 of Lahore VOR). Out-bound 229 degree (M). One minute Race track Pattern, rate one turn and all turns to left. Aircraft will hold at an altitude as assigned in ATC clearance.
"SP" NDB inbound 115 degrees (M) outbound 295 degrees (M). One minute Race track Pattern, rate one turn and all turns to right. Aircraft will hold at an altitude as assigned in ATC clearance".
Radar Procedures Within Lahore TMA
Normally, aircraft will be vectored and sequenced from CTR boundary to the final approach for RWY 36R/36L (ILS, VOR / DME) or to final approach for RWY 18L/18R, so as to ensure an expeditious flow of traffic. Radar vectors and flight levels / altitudes will be issued, as required for spacing and separating the aircraft so that correct landing intervals are maintained, taking into account aircraft characteristics.
Radar vectoring charts are not published since the instrument approach procedures and altitudes ensure that adequate terrain clearance exists at all times until the point where the pilot will resume his own navigation on final approach or in the circuit.
Surveillance Radar Approaches
Surveillance radar approaches will be carried out for runway 36R as step down commencing descent from 7NM at an altitude of 2800 FT. Surveillance radar final approaches will be terminated at 2 NM from touch down. At each nautical mile and until 2 NM from touch down, the pilot will be given the pre computed check altitude so that the normal glide path can be maintained.
Surveillance Radar Approaches operating minimum is as follows :
- MDA / MDH 1000 FT / 293 FT
- Visibility 1800 M.
Missed approach procedures to be followed in the absence of other ATS instructions are as detailed on the Instrument Approach Charts.
Procedures For VFR Flights Within Lahore TMA
Provided traffic conditions permit, ATC clearance for VFR flights will be given under the conditions described below:
a) A flight plan requesting ATC clearance, containing items 7 to 18 and indicating the purpose of the flight shall be submitted.
b) ATC clearance shall be obtained immediately before the aircraft enters the area concerned.
c) Position reports shall be submitted in accordance with 3.6.3 of ICAO Annex-2.
d) Deviation from the ATC clearance may only be made when prior permission has been obtained.
e) The flight shall be conducted with visual reference to the ground unless the flight can be conducted in accordance with the Instrument Flight Rules.
f) Two-way communication shall be maintained on the frequency prescribed. Information about the appropriate frequency can be obtained from Lahore ACC.
g) The aircraft shall be equipped with SSR transponder with 4096 Codes in Mode A/3. Flights performed in connection with parachute jumps shall, in addition, be equipped with Mode C with automatic transmission of pressure altitude information (cf. ICAO Annex 10, Volume I).
h) Arriving VFR Flights desirous to avail RADAR air traffic service are required to notify their intentions on first contact. Departing VFR flights shall do so prior to their departure from the aerodrome concerned or as early as possible after departure.
Procedures for VFR Flights Within Lahore CTR
a) Flight plan shall be filed for the flight concerned.
b) ATC clearance shall be obtained from the Lahore Ground / Tower.
c) Deviation from ATC clearance may only be made when prior permission has been obtained.
d) The flight shall be conducted with visual reference to the ground.
e) Two-way radio communication shall be established on the frequency prescribed before flight takes place in the Control Zone.
Heavy bird activity around AD. Kites and other birds present a hazard to air navigation at all times in the vicinity of the airport. Pilots are advised to exercise extreme caution when approaching or departing particularly below ALT 3000 FT. ATC will endeavor to keep pilots advised of bird concentration. Pilot reports of bird concentrations are also requested as they are useful in planning a program to attempt a reduction of bird strike hazard.
Fuel Dumping Procedures
Aircraft requiring dumping fuel in the designated area (OP/R-201) shall obtained prior approval from Lahore Approach Control. Aircraft not in radio contact with Lahore Approach Control shall avoid flight over the area below FL70. Minimum fuel dumping altitude is FL50.
Terminal Services - ( LHE / OPLA )
|Fuel Available||AVGAS / Jet A1|
|Crew Hotel Arrangements||Yes|
|Direct Ramp Access||Yes|
|Crew & Passenger Lounge||Yes|
|Computerized WX Briefings||Yes|
|Flight Plan Filing||Yes|
|Banks & ATMs||Yes|
|Oxygen Service||Available With Advance Notice|
|Internet / WI-FI Facility||Yes|
|Limousine & Car Rental||Yes|
|Radio Cab Service||Yes|
Runways And Parking - ( LHE / OPLA )
A brand new runway was built during the construction of Allama Iqbal International. According to the CAA, Runway 36R/18L is 3,310 metres long, 46 metres wide whilst Runway 36L/18R is 2,900 metres long, 46 metres wide. Runway 1: Heading 18L/36R, 3 360m (11 023 ft), ICAO Cat. E, Aircraft size max: B747, ILS CAT II, Lighting: AFL System CAT-II available. Runway 2: Heading 18R/36L, 2 743m (8 999 ft), 55/F/C/X/T, ICAO Cat. D, Aircraft size max: A300, ILS CAT II, Lighting: SAL System available.
|Dimensions||9000 x 151 FT|
|Dimensions||11024 x 150 FT|
Aerodrome - Communications
|Tower||118.1 Mhz | 121.8 Mhz|
|APP||125.3 Mhz | 121.3 Mhz|
Aerodrome - Navigation Aids
|Distance From Field||1.3 NM|
|Bearing From Navaid||006.5|