Allama Iqbal International Airport, originally named as Lahore International Airport, is an international airport located in Lahore, the capital city of Punjab Province in Pakistan. The airport is the largest civil airport in the country as well as the second busiest after serving over three million passengers in 2009. Allama Iqbal International Airport is an airport with three terminals: the Allama Iqbal terminal, the Hajj terminal, and a cargo terminal. The airport is operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan and serves as hub for Pakistan International Airlines and Pakistan Aviators & Aviation.
What to see & do
Lahore, being the second largest city in Pakistan as well as the capital city of the north-eastern part of Punjab Province, houses numerous attractions for everyone. The city is recognised as Pakistan’s cultural capital with its mosques and colonial-gothic buildings from the British Raj. Visit the walled city of Lahore which holds the pride of being one of the oldest cities in the world. Inside it you will find the Lahore Fort which is acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also find the Badshani Mosque which was, for a long time, considered as the largest mosque in the world. Right in front of these two attractions, you will find the Minar-e-Pakistan which is being viewed as the Eiffel Tower of Pakistan. The inner city is a mirror of numerous little shrines and palaces with the Imperial Baths and the Asif Jah Haveli being the most impressive points of interest. Shopping centres are aplenty in the city as well as outdoor parks where you can interact with the locals and have a first-hand experience of the city’s way of life.
How to get around within Lahore
Public transportation in Lahore is a vast system of metro bus, auto-rickshaws or tuk-tuks, taxis, and minivans. From the airport, it is wiser and more convenient to book a taxi from the hotel of your choice. Buses operate from the north of the city, Shahdara, down to the south at Gajju-Matta. They run frequently, are safe, air-conditioned, and very comfortable. Auto-rickshaws or tuk-tuks, locally known as Qingqi and pronounced as Chingchi, are basically open rickshaws that has two seats facing forward and two facing backward. This mode of public transportation is ideal for use around the inner city. Taxis are rare in the streets of Lahore since rickshaws have gained huge popularity among locals as well as tourists who were amused by the rarity of the said vehicle. If you want to use a taxi to get around the city, you will have to book one by phone. As much as you can, avoid riding minivans in Lahore. They are considered the most dangerous form of public transport in the city, very crowded, and women are at risk of harassment. Walking is also possible in the inner city. It also allows you to better explore the city and discover nooks that you might easily pass through when you’re on a vehicle, focused on your point of interest.
How to get there
Allama Iqbal International Airport has international connections to 44 domestic and international destinations served by both passenger and cargo flights. The airport serves airlines that fly from Pakistan’s neighbouring Middle Eastern countries like the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar, as well as other Asian countries like China, Japan, and Thailand. Pakistan International Airlines also connect the city to European countries like London, England, Norway, Italy, France, and North American destinations like New York and Toronto.
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