Jinnah International Airport (JIAP) Karachi is Pakistan's largest international and domestic airport. It consist of four terminals, Terminal-I, II, III and the Jinnah Terminal. The airport is named after Crown attorney/statesman Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan and its first Governor General, who was popularly known as the Quaid-e-Azam ("Great Leader").
an aerodrome was built and Karachi became the main airport of entry into British - India. Currently JIAP has acquired very wide land 3,000 Acres (approx.) for Aerodrome in which 1327 Acres in operational Use, 158 Acres in Terminal I, II & III while 23 Acres in JTC building, with two Runway (i.e, RWY 025R/07L & RWY 025L/07R) with all associated provisions of Navigational-Aids & allied equipments, today JIAP has more than Qty: 50 designated parking positions in normal conditions for commercial & non-commercial aircrafts.
Karachi airport has the honor that when the international air routes were surveyed beyond the Europe, the Cairo-Karachi air route had been completed first in the start of air routes of British Empire.
An airship mooring mast was also built with a huge black hangar 850 ft long, 170 ft high and 180 ft wide (known locally as Kala Chapra) a cost of pounds sterling 93,000, at the site of Karachi Airport, to house / hanger the British R-101 Airship (see inset picture of R-101), as part of the Imperial Airship Communications scheme. Only three hangars were ever built in the world to dock and hangar the R-101 airships. This hangar was so huge that aircraft often used it as a visual marker while attempting VFR landings at Karachi.
Karachi Airport was the first airport in South Asia where the imperial airways’ aircraft landed on from London, making Karachi International Airport the first airport in South Asia to be used by a commercial flight. Further, the Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand were discovered via Karachi as air route during period of 1929-1933.
The Karachi Airport and its Terminal building (presently HQCAA Terminal-I) was reconstructed and It was officially opened for flight operations after receiving the first letter send by the British authorities to the subcontinent British Raj. The picture placed opposite showing the date written on the left hand as December 1938.
During World War-II Karachi Airport (Terminal-I) was a major trans- shipment base for US Forces units. Air Technical Service Command had extensive facilities where aircraft were received assembled and tested prior to being flown to their combat units at forward airfields. Karachi Airport also functioned as a major maintenance and supply depot for both air forces.
HQCAA Terminal-1 building had been printed on Pakistan postage stamps from 1948 to 1954, on 6, 8, 10 & 12 Annas (Pak. Currency) stamps. The stamp on the picture is issued on first Independence Day of Pakistan where terminal building with retaining of its original façade, on a 10 Annas as shown.
PIA launched its first international flight that was from Karachi Airport to London-Heathrow Airport through Cairo airport.
US vice president Mr. Nixon airplane landed at Karachi Airport for official visit of Pakistan.
British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was welcomed at Karachi airport. On the second stop of a five Commonwealth tour today by Pakistani Prime Minister Malik Firoz Noon.
The Pakistan National Anthem composed by Ghulam Ahmed Chagla, was first played at the Apron site, when Shah Iran (Muhammad Raza Shah Pehalvi) landed at Karachi airport on his official visit to Pakistan.
PIA aircraft, Viscount-815, (AP-AJE) encountered the accident at Karachi airport during its training flight, the aircraft (probably carrying out an ILS approach) was not properly lined up with the runway and its yawed almost 90deg to starboard, causing the right wing to strike a blast pen wall. The aircraft then crashed in flames.
Mr. M. Shoaib, Finance Minister, performs the opening of the new Jet Runway (07L / 25R) at Karachi Airport by pressing button. On his left is Air Commodore A. Qadir, Director-General Civil Aviation. PIA’s Boeing 707 was the first aircraft, which took off to mark the opening ceremony.
Employees of the US Corps of Engineers and the Vinnel Corporation responsible for the construction of the Rs 28 million runway.
A Philippine Airlines (PAL) jet carrying three hijackers and 10 hostages landed at Karachi International Airport where it expected to remain overnight before flying on to Libya. Hijacking of this Philippine aircraft ended in bloodshed at the island of Mindanao, Philippine.
Four armed men hijacked Pan Am Flight-73 on the day. The Boeing 747 with 379 on board including crew was preparing to depart from Karachi International Airport for John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
The Jinnah Terminal Complex was completed in 1992 at a cost of US $100 million - at the time, the most expensive civil construction project in Pakistan, The JIAP now provides a primary hub for the flag carrier, of our national airlines as well as many other private airlines and international carriers. The airport has equipped latest Radar technology with aircraft engineering and overhauling facilities.