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Peshawar Intl Airport

Peshawar International Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
Serves Peshawar
Location Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan
Elevation AMSL 1,158 ft / 353 m
Coordinates 33°59′38″N 71°30′53″E / 33.99389°N 71.51472°E / 33.99389; 71.51472
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 9,000 2,743 Asphalt

Peshawar International Airport (IATA: PEW, ICAO: OPPS) is an airport located in the city of Peshawar in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Located about a 10-minute drive from the centre of Peshawar, it is the fourth busiest airport in Pakistan. One unusual feature is that one end of the main runway is crossed by a railway line -- the seldom-used Khyber train safari to Landi Kotal in the Khyber Pass.


Strategically situated in the heart of Peshawar, Peshawar International Airport is located approximately 180 km from Islamabad (federal capital of Pakistan) which makes it about two hours drive from the capital via the state-of-the-art M-1 motorway. The airport also has quite a rich history compared to other airports within Pakistan. Since Peshawar is the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, it provides world connections for the majority of the northwest region of the country and adjoining areas of Afghanistan. Since the province has a large Afghan/Pathan community residing within KP, Afghanistan flights have always been on the rise with family either visiting relatives across the border or wanting to seek a better quality of life in Pakistan.

The airport traces its origins to 1927 when there was a small airfield that catered to much of the British Empire and aircraft that were either travelling onwards to the east (e.g. to China and Malaya/Singapore) or west (e.g. Europe and America). For this reason the city was given the nickname "Gateway to the East" because it linked the traditional oriental culture to modern occidental traditions. The airport only gained much importance after the independence of Pakistan from the British Raj. The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan (CAA) and the Pakistan Air Force started to use the airfield jointly for both military and civil operations. There were countless flights operated to and from Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, as well as other cities within the newly formed state.

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Vickers Viscount 815 was a regular visitor to the airport in the 1960s.
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Vickers Viscount 815 was a regular visitor to the airport in the 1960s.

The airport achieved international status in 1965 when the first flight was operated from Kabul, Afghanistan to Peshawar. The flight was operated by the national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). As years went on the airport grew with more flights and aircraft and relative upgrade was carried out from time to time. It was not until 1981 that the CAA extended the terminal to meet future needs for the next decade and to meet the estimated growth of passengers. The apron was developed fully by 1986, where the airport was able to handle four wide body aircraft and two small narrow body aircraft at one time.

In January 2008 the provincial government meet to discuss the expansion work needed to upgrade the quality of the aircraft in terms of facilities, terminal modernisation and cargo growth. In June 2008 the Deputy Director General of the CAA, Air Vice Marshal Sajid Habib, said that five billion rupees have been allocated to expand and develop Peshawar airport.


Peshawar is a major passenger hub with 75% flights internationally bound. The airport is currently under evaluation to be upgraded to make it compatible with future needs of the geographical location. 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, rent a car services, as well as a post office. At present the following technical features are available at the airport.

  • Runway;
    • 9,000 feet (2,700 m) long, 150 feet (46 m) wide with 10-foot-wide (3.0 m) shoulders on either side corresponding to International Civil Aviation Organization Category 4E.
  • Aprons;
    • For passenger and cargo. Combination of flexible and rigid pavements.
    • Nose-in parking for 4 wide-bodied aircraft at a time or 3 Airbus and 2 narrow body aircraft at a time.
  • Lounges;
    • Two Domestic Departure and Arrivals with a restaurant/Wireless internet facility in each.
    • Two International Departure and Arrival Halls
    • Two Executive Lounges for Premium and CIP passengers.
    • Several FIDS/Plasma TV screens located at various points within the halls showing television programs and flight schedule timings.
  • Additional
    • Animal Quarantine facility

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Blue Dubai, Karachi
Emirates Dubai
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Gulf Air Bahrain
Kam Air Kabul
Pakistan International Airlines Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Chitral, Dera Ismail Khan, Doha, Dubai, Islamabad, Jeddah, Kabul, Karachi,Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lahore, Quetta, Riyadh, Zhob
Qatar Airways Doha
Saudi Arabian Airlines Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh
Shaheen Air International Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Doha, Dubai, Karachi, Kuwait, Muscat, Sharjah


Airlines Destinations
Royal Airlines Karachi


Airlines Destinations
Askari Aviation Karachi
Peshawar Flying Club Parachinar


  • A Lockheed U-2 spyplane, piloted by Gary Powers, left Peshawar Airport intending to fly over the Soviet Union. His plane was shot down and he was captured and put on trial in the USSR. This triggered the U-2 Crisis of 1960.
  • On March 26, 1965, a PIA Douglas C-47A-1-DK took off from the airport. The aircraft lost contact with air traffic control mid flight. The aircraft had crash landed at the Lowery Pass. All passengers and crew did not survive the accident and the aircraft was written off.
  • A [PIA Fokker F-27 Friendship was making a night approach at the airport. Due to co-pilot error, the aircraft was lower than expected. The aircraft undershot the runway, causing it to land in a ditch which caused the aircraft to break up. Thirteen passengers and crew sustained serious injuries and the aircraft was written off. The incident occurred on October 23, 1986.
  • Six international airlines have temporarily suspended flights to Peshawar in view of the deteriorating security situation in that part of Pakistan. This followed a rocket attack on the airport in August 2009. The absence of a five star hotel in the city after the Pearl Continental hotel was blown up is also said to be one of the causes. The airlines are Saudi Arabian Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Gulf Air, Air Arabia, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways.Emirates Airlines, Gulf Air, Air Arabia, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Etihad airways resumed services to the city after a short hiatus.

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General Info
Country Pakistan
Time UTC+5
Latitude 33.993911
33° 59' 38.08" N
Longitude 71.514581
071° 30' 52.49" E
Elevation 1158 feet
353 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 002° E (01/06)
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

TWR 122.9
RDO 2923
GCA 118.3
ATIS 126.7

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
17/35 9000 x 150 feet
2743 x 46 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME PS PESHAWAR 090X 114.3 1.1 NM 351.2
NDB PS PESHAWAR - 308 At Field -

CAUTION No acft to enter within 10 NM Peshawar wo 3 min prior perms. All civ jet airlineand C130 acft make 18 turns on conc only at thld with CW turns on Rwy 17 and CCW turns on Rwy 35. Avoid full pwr until 500' fr rwy ends to minimize A-GEAR damage.
FUEL A1 (Air BP Peshawar Fone 92 91 275 854)
RSTD B747 proh due to gnd handling restrictions. 24 HR PN req for non-sked acft.

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