CAA celebrates 32nd anniversary
Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) celebrated its 32nd anniversary on December 7. The event also marked the International Civil Aviation Day. An impressive function was arranged by CAA at Convention Centre, PAF Museum, here in the city on this occasion.
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Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan was the chief guest, who upon arrival, was welcomed by Captain Shujaat Azeem, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Aviation; Muhammad Ali Gardezi, Secretary Aviation; Air Marshal Muhammad Yousuf (Retd) and Air Vice Marshal Khawar Hussain, Deputy Director General CAA. Welcoming the guests, CAA Director General Air Marshal Muhammad Yousuf (Retd) said in the last 32 years Pakistan CAA had come a long way. "At the time of its inception in 1982, Pakistan had only 22 airports while today the country has 47 airports covering all provinces, out of these, 13 are international."
He said CAA was striving hard to provide to highest quality of service standard and safety to both its passengers and the airlines serving Pakistan. The DG CAA further said that new projects had been started including development of new airports and up-gradation of old ones, adding that new Benazir Bhutto International Airport was expected to be operational by December, 2016, which would be the first green field airport of Pakistan.
"In addition, another green field airport would be built at Gwadar, new runway is being built at Quetta International Airport, while terminal building of Multan International Airport is being upgraded and Jinnah International Airport, Karachi will get a new Avio Bridges soon," he added.
Various presentations were also given on the occasion by Sumair Saeed, Director HR CAA; Nadir Shafi Daar, Director SQMS CAA; Farooq Rehmatullah, Ex-DG CAA; Raheel Ahmed, Director Commercial & Operations Airblue; Amir Ali, Director Training & MRO PIAC and Air Cdre Arshad Hussain Siraj, Secretary SUPARCO.
Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan presented Life Time Achievement Award to Air Marshal Khurshid Anwar Mirza (Retd), the First Director General CAA in recognition of his services rendered to the CAA from December, 1982 to December, 1986. Guests include Ex-Director Generals of CAA, representatives of various airlines, ground handling services, officers & CAA staff etc.-PR