Allama Iqbal International Airport, originally known as Lahore International Airport, is an airport serving the city of Lahore, capital of Punjab province in Pakistan. The airport is located approximately 15 kilometres from the centre. It is the second largest civil airport in the country, and also its second busiest airport. Allama Iqbal International Airport is operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan.
Lahore is the second largest metropolitan area in Pakistan and the largest native Punjabi-populated city in the world. Thus, it is one of the main cultural centre of Punjab region. Lahore is also called the Mughal City of Gardens for the historic presence of gardens in and surrounding the city, which date back to the Mughal period.
What to see & do
Lahore Fort - Lahore Fort, locally called Shahi Qila, is the citadel of Lahore, situated in the northwestern corner of the Walled City of Lahore in Iqbal Park. The fort is divided into two sections: the administrative section and the private and concealed residential section. The former contains larger garden areas and Diwan-i-Khas, or Hall of Private Audiences, for royal audiences. Lahore Fort also contains a small museum dedicated to the Skih period of the 18th century.
Sozo Water Park - Sozo Water Park is the first-ever and largest waterpark in the country. The park is located on the main canal road near Jallo and occupies a total are of 25 acres in Lahore. Apart from the swimming pools and waterslides, the Sozo Water Park also features a 3D House and rock climbing.
Lahore Museum - Lahore Museum, located on Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam (which Lahore's primary road, also called The Mall), is the largest museum in Pakistan. It contains various collections, including relics from the Indus Valley civilization, Gandhara, and Graeco-Bactrian periods, paintings from the Mughal, Sikh and British periods, Greco-Buddhist sculptures, and Mughal and Pahari paintings.
How to get around
Wear comfortable shoes - you're likely to do a lot of walking in Lahore, especially in the old town. Going on foot is a good way to explore the city, but be careful when asking for directions. Ask more than one person to confirm the path to your destination just to be sure. Tuktuks are also a convenient and cheap way to get around, especially for days when it’s too hot to walk. Taxis are rare and have to be booked by phone. Another mode of public transportation available in Lahore is the minivan. However, riding a minivan, unless absolutely necessary, is not advisable because it is often uncomfortable and the drivers are quite reckless on the road. To be safe, take the local bus instead. The buses are cleaner and more comfortable, and usually there is a separate seating area for women.
How to get there
As the primary airport of Lahore, Allama Iqbal International Airport links the city with 44 international and domestic cities worldwide. There are flights available from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Karachi, Kuwait, Colombo, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, New York, Oslo, Paris, Tokyo, Toronto, and a select other few. It is served by the airlines Air Arabia, Air Blue, Air Indus, Emirates, Vision Air International, Etihad Airways, Flynas, Gulf Air, Iran Air, Kuwait Airways, Mihin Lanka, Oman Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Shaheen Air, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, and UTair Aviation. At least 25 of these airlines handle regular flights to and from the airport.