CAA seeks bids for new control tower, fire station at Jinnah airport

Staff Reporter

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced plans to establish a latest air traffic control tower and fire station at Jinnah International Airport Karachi.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has asked the companies interested in building the control tower and fire station to submit their applications with quotations latest by September 28.

The applications can be submitted with the Planning and Development Directorate of the Civil Aviation Authority.

According to the CAA, the new control tower equipped with the latest technology will be built at the height of more than 125 feet.

Pakistan airspace is divided into two flight information regions (FIRs) i.e. Karachi and Lahore FIRs.

Lahore FIR includes Pakistan airspace North of latitude 300 North whereas Karachi FIR includes Pakistan airspace south of latitude 300 North as well as those portions of high seas (upto 2330N) where the responsibility for provision of ATS rests with Pakistan.

The services in respective FIRs are provided by Karachi and Lahore Area Control Centers (ACCs). Karachi ACC is further subdivided into 4 control sectors (East, west, North and South) whereas Lahore ACC has 03 control sectors (East, West Upper and West Lower).

Voice communication systems through Very High Frequency (VHF)/Extended VHF radio and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radio networks throughout the country have been provided in ATS units to enable two way direct pilot controller communication.

The CAA has also installed an ATS message handling system (AMHS) to support exchange of ATS messages.

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