Allama Iqbal International Airport is located in capital of province Punjab, Lahore. It is the second largest civil airport of Pakistan. In 2003, the airport was renamed as Allama Iqbal international Airport, previously known as Lahore International Airport. It was renamed after the name of Pakistan’s national poet, philosopher and advocate Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
There are three terminals at airport named as Allama Iqbal terminal, Hajj terminal, and Cargo terminal. It is the second busiest airport of Pakistan and Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan decided to expand the air port and as a result the check in desk that are 24 at the time will be 48 and immigration counters will be 10 to 20. From the center of city Lahore, the airport is located 15 kilometers.
After the independence of Pakistan, the main airport of Lahore was Walton Airport. After acquiring the jet aircraft by Pakistan International Airlines, Walton Airport was not suitable to handle that large aircrafts so eventually it was decided by the Government of Pakistan to build a new airport that could be able to handle large aircraft. In 1962, finally Lahore International Airport was established. This airport was utilized for the next 25 years and then government decided to build a new airport to improve the travelling facilities and to meet the demands of passengers. Therefore, the inauguration of Allama Iqbal Internation Airport held in 2003 and it became the second largest airport of Pakistan.
As the second largest airport of Pakistan, Allama Iqbal International Airport is used by the Pakistan International Airlines also known as PIA. Since the inception of airport that is able to handle the growing travelling demands of national and international passengers, many Pakistani and international private airlines are also demanding to use this airport. However, to allow the private airline to use this airport the negotiations are underway.
The old terminal of Allama Iqbal International Airport was converted to handle the huge number of passengers that go for Hajj to Saudi Arabia. This terminal is known as Hajj Terminal. There are many duty free shops including restaurants, cafes, confectionary shops, toy and book shops and ice cream parlors on the check-in halls at airport. Many flat-screened televisions are installed here to show the real time flight statues information. The information can be seen in both national language Urdu and international language English. There are 30 parking spaces and 32 parking spaces can be provided by the airport for commercial and jet aircrafts.