Friday, April 03, 2009

MH160 to Dubai, transit at Pakistan's Jinnah Karachi Airport

Transit: KLIA - DXB (Dubai), MH 160
Duration: One hour (on board the plane)

I was surprised at how much desert-like terrain was in Pakistan, as I landed for my one-hour transit at Karachi.

View out the window ...

Jinnah International Airport previously Quaid-e-Azam International Airport (IATA: KHI, ICAO: OPKC) is Pakistan's largest international and domestic airport. It is located in Karachi, Sindh, and is also commonly known as the Jinnah Terminal. The airport is named after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, who was also known as Quaid-e-Azam ("Great Leader").
The airport provides primary hub for the flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Shaheen Air International, and Airblue as well as many other private airlines.

In fiscal year 2007-2008, over 10.6 million passengers used Jinnah International Airport. 49,283 aircraft movements were registered.
Jinnah International Airport in Karachi has always been the largest aviation facility in Pakistan. It is the primary hub of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). All other Pakistani airlines also use Jinnah International Airport as their main hub. This includes Airblue, and Shaheen Air International.

On 19 August 1980, Saudia Flight 163 a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar flew from Karachi to Riyadh for its first leg. When the aircraft started its second leg to Jeddah, a fire developed. The plane landed, and all 287 Passengers & 14 Crew on board died from the fire.
On 5 September 1986 a Pan American World Airways Boeing 747-121 named Clipper Empress of the Seas, operating as Pan Am Flight 73, was hijacked by Palestinian gunmen posing as airport officials upon arrival from Bombay, India. 20 people were killed when the gunmen opened fire on the passengers as commandos prepared to storm the airplane whilst still on the ground.


Anonymous said...

hi, i will travelling with MH161 & transit at Karachi soon, worry how's the transit will be since it's islamic country and politic unstable. May you share your thoughts & experience of the flight?

Julian Si said...

I didn't actually leave the plane, thus I can't comment.

Have a safe flight!!