Air Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Yousaf, director general Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), has said that CAA will soon install new radars at Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport (BBIIA) and other airports.

He said that the contract in that regard was expected to be signed shortly because the present radar system was 22-year-old. The DG CAA expressed these views while addressing the officers and staff of CAA here at BBIIA on Saturday.

He said that provision of navigational facilities to the airlines was a major source of CAA revenue in foreign exchange. New auto runway sweepers would be purchased soon to replace the older ones.  Billions of rupees are being spent on latest security equipment including scanning machines, hand scanners and close circuit cameras to provide better coverage at the peripheral area of the national airports.

He also said that the new Multan airport would be completed by the end of this year. He informed the employees that extension of the terminal building at Quetta airport would be completed within one year and construction of new runway was also in the pipeline.

Talking about the substantial development projects of Islamabad airport, the DG said that new runways would be constructed very soon to deal with the increasing traffic.

He shared with the employees that CAA had recovered billions of rupees as outstanding dues from different airlines recently, which would improve the financial health of CAA. The CAA board of directors in its recent meeting approved pay packages and bonuses for CAA employees.