Reviews of Karachi Airport

Ever wondered how foreigners visiting or transiting Karachi think about the airport? I always thought the new airport terminal was awesome. Turns out, not everyone thinks the same way. This website contains the reviews of Karachi Airport by passengers who landed here. It’s a good time kill, if nothing else.

33 Comments so far

  1. fAr stAr (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

    wow! i went through the first page and to my surprise all the reviews r very good and positive. amazing!

  2. road warrior (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 7:07 pm

    This website has reviews of airports AND airlines: (Below are reviews of KHI and PIA)

  3. ALIVE{AKISTAN.COM (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

    Yes, most of the reviews are positive which is amaizing for me.

  4. BoZz (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 9:37 pm

    More like unbelieveable!

  5. MS (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

    My personal experience has been bad with the airport authorities/workers in general. I am not talking about one incident rather I realizes that on more than one instances.

    We landed @ the airport and people “gathered” in front of the immigration counter (I would not call it a queue). None of the counters were open b/c the officer which was in charge of that shift was not there. FIA personnel asked us to wait for 10-15 minutes for the officer to show up (apparently the officer had to unlock the software using some code or something for them to be able to start the immigration process). After 15 minutes they managed to find his cell phone #, made a call to him and started talking in Sindhi. Allah Allah ker kay they started the immigration process after 30 minutes!

    Sonay pay suhaga, while we were waiting in front of the immigration counter, some “agents” came from the other side and took some travelers with them without going through immigration; I heard things like “Array yaar hum immigration ko sanbhal lain gay; aap Passport daiy dain main kal ghar lay aaoun gaa” !!! I was so pissed that it’s not even funny. I spoke to one of the co-travelers and he smiled and was like “yea, you are right”. Guess what? After five minutes he himself was going out with some agent without having any officer stamping his passport or asking him any questions!

    What the hell those agents are there for? They should be outside of the airport, not inside!

    One more observation: all of the people who work behind the counters are rude; very rude in fact.

    At the time of leaving Karachi, we were @ the check in counter and the guy @ the counter was doing his job as if he is doing any favor to us (naak bhon chara ker aur jhunjhla ker kaam kerna). I know it was late @ night but still yaar. They don’t ever bother to look into your eyes and talk, and they ignore you as if you are not there.

    While waiting @ the gate to board the plane, I had to visit the rest room. Man, you can’t stand there for more than a minute; it was so smelly kay bus; remember that smell that comes from a child’s comforter or clothes if the child has peed on it and the pee has not been cleaned and let dry? That kind of smell I am talking about. (Sorry for being explicit but I could not find any other way to explain it for people who have not visited the rest room @ the airport). Aur tou aur, when I was done, one guy showed up from God knows where and was like “sir, aap ko fresh towel chaiyeah” !!! I was like what the f***

    These idiots from villages and pind (not to be racist or something but believe me almost all of the workers, from the entrance to the terminal to the airhostess which was greeting us while boarding the plane) were either Sindhi/Punjabi) need to be trained and need to be reminded that it’s their job to be courteous and helpful to the travelers who are already under anxiety b/c of the travel …

    At the scale of 1 – 10, I would give Karachi airport 5.

  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

    Karachi – Jinnah International, Zoo populated with humans, where we can find Ferucious dangerous, and funny all type of people. I’m very often part of it when leaving or reaching home., and I admit that at times am too FQIN venomus throw flames burn down and make my way and often am docile polite and human. Immigration is all game of time of arrival of flight – so is luggage handling.

    WE are loud and high pitched when we all wish to express how HIGH we are connected and how PROTOCOL is extended upon arrival. we look around with pride and give random cheap looks to general public. People Does not like PISCES (the immigration software), as it keep track of your travelling habits.

    I have seen at number of occassions THE People sleeping on Dubai airport carpet floor just opposite Final Check-in counter., like tired dogs. And the same Dogs make loud hue & cry when they reach Karachi., and rough up poor loaders and baggage handlers.

    It is with US as nation, not with individuals.

    When we are HOME we are MOST^100 (read as MOST rasied to power 100) JAHIL and MOST STUPID, and when abroad, no one can identify that we are the same who feel great scratching groin in public, spit out as we wish, and like dog raise leg when nature call, we open fly and shower the ground wihout any hesitation.

    Airports & National Flag Carriers represent the Mode, Norm, Culture, Values of the country. PIA being WORST, representative of Pakistan,

    PAKISTAN Airports very Clear example of detriorating collapsing system, and hopeless state of nation.

  7. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

    You can shine, decorate and beautify your home all you want but sooner or later you have to interact with the general public.
    At the airport you get the slight glimpse of what is waiting for you outside.


  8. Samina (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

    I am not much of a traveller but i can say one thing about Karachi jinnah international is that i have never come across any bad experiences infact i have in other countries such as KL international and beijing airport but never in karachi. But yes once an officer did presented rudely to my brother once after the immigration. He was not only being rude but wasting our time and the other people behind us by stopping us for no reason. The reason behind this was just because my brother pronounced “Guangzouh” wrong by mistake, and they got the China map and showed my brother the spelling of Guangzouh in the map and telling him he was wrong. They even laughed and made fun of him not caring about the people behind us.

  9. Samina (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 11:24 pm

    I am not much of a traveller but i can say one thing about Karachi jinnah international is that i have never come across any bad experiences infact i have in other countries such as KL international and beijing airport but never in karachi. But yes once an officer did presented rudely to my brother after the immigration. He was not only being rude but wasting our time and the other people behind us by stopping us. The reason behind this was just because my brother pronounced “Guangzouh” wrong by mistake, and they got the China map and showed my brother the spelling of Guangzouh in the map and telling him he was wrong. They even laughed and made fun of him not caring about the people behind us.

  10. Kads (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

    Karachi and lahore airports are excellent. I have travelled a lot and still do. Both karachi and lahore airports are somethng we should be proud of. They are amongst the best in the developing world and better then many european ones ive been to.

  11. Zee (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 4:33 am

    Well actually, to tell you the truth, Karachi airport is not a bad airport at all! You might wana try airports in England, they are horrible!! Karachi airport is good!

  12. RockOnKarachi (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 5:02 am


    You wrote: “At the airport you get the slight glimpse of what is waiting for you outside.”
    ha ha ha

    ROCK ON MAN! As you walk out from airport, people with smelly,oily,-mehndi-colored hair stare at you as if you are from Mars! With that said I think KHI Airport is still good, well-maintained and better than way way better then Heathrow Airport. Though you forget your Airport experience once you you get out of Airport, the best part is the picture of uncle altaf which greets you along with mini buses, taxis and cars horns. And then you say ROCK ON BABY ITS KARACHI BABY!


  13. RockOnKarachi (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 5:05 am

    once again spelling mistakes… sorry folks!

  14. Ali Khan (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 5:59 am

    Could some one please tell me that if Pakistani officials put entry stamp for Pakistani citizens returning home holding Pakistani passports. I am right now at Hong Kong air port and I left Canadian air port last night but Canadian officials did not put an exit stamp on my passport[Actually I forget to go to Immigration Officials and then air line did not remind me for that]. I need a record to show that I left Canada and so now only way I could get that is an entry stamp at any other country. Does any one know if Canadians put exit stamps on passports ?

  15. aik ki-lo (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 5:59 am

    time wasters

  16. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 11:44 am


    YES Entry & Exit is stamped on All passports at Pakistan Immigration be it railway station, Border Post or Airport.

    Coming from Across Atlantic – No there are no Exit Stamps,. Be it any passport, including US or Canada.

  17. Ali Khan (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    Thanks Jamal, That’s what I confirmed too with few of my friends in Canada but in US, one has to get exit stamp if you are Pakistani[Muslim/Korean etc] male 16-45. Couple of weeks ago, when I was leaving US for Canada, I saw the British passport holder Pakistani Muslim] also in queue to get exit stamp.

  18. Ali (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

    …I think our Airport is pretty resonable. Yes, the standard gripes about misformed queues etc are there, but whatever, overall, the airport is generally clean, decently organized, and people overall are pretty helpful. I dont get what everyone is complainging so much about…then again, some people just like to complain.

  19. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 2:57 pm
  20. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 3:08 pm


    Thats Strange – In July 2007 no such thing happened at Atlanta., we are holders of Pakistani Passports.,

    No wonder it is mode of the airports.,

  21. Syed Johny (unregistered) on November 24th, 2007 @ 1:13 am

    Karachi Airport is good!

    Atleast Better than Abu Dhabi Air port ! !! which was pathetically small and by the look of it ! it seemed to me an advanced & clean form of a railway station !

    Never been in the transit area of Karachi airport ! so cant comment more!

  22. Ali Khan (unregistered) on November 24th, 2007 @ 2:31 am

    Few hours agFew hours ag< i LANDED AT karacvhi air port. it’s a ghetto in front of any air port of North America. I wonder the people who are praising JINNAH Terminal have seen real aiports.

    And I just can’t breathe here in Karachi. It’s so polluted. I asked my mom is there any fine around as soon as I came out of air port and after few minutes I realized, it’s a pollution. I am visiting Karachi after 5 years for the records.

  23. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on November 24th, 2007 @ 6:13 am

    @ Ali khan
    Dude Take a chill pill. It goes away, I have been there.
    Take a cold shower and stay in AC for couple of days or use oxygen tank if you have to :)

  24. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 24th, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

    @ Ali Khan –

    Welcome Home this is where you belong :)

    Stay away from warm water, eat fresh onion so u don get upset stomach, drink water more, clean your nose as much, to avoid flu.

    walk around, whenever possible, stay normal and BEHAVE normal, feel normal,

    SNOB vibes attract trouble.

    You will fall in love^10 with the Karachi. AGAIN


    SYED :) Abu dhabi – You must have taken Eithad., the new airport is under construction to be open by 2010. YES Karachi is BETTER then Abu Dhabi airport :- till 2010

  25. Concerned (unregistered) on November 24th, 2007 @ 8:54 pm

    I just wanted to know why Bolsheviks post was closed for comments, after only a couple of comments?

    This is not a news paper where we cant voice our opinions. I have said it before and I will say it again, STOP raising a fuss over nothing, except for the journalist and the corrupt lawyers no one else cares.

    Fasool mein becharay police waloon ki khili ura rahay ho tum log, they were only doing their jobs.

    Oh yeah and I read the stuff about Khi airport, nice.

  26. Concerned (unregistered) on November 24th, 2007 @ 9:01 pm

    Where is MB and his ethics now. Doesnt her (bolsheviks) last post count as self advertising. It should have gone on her own blog if she wanted to tell her story.

    Absolutely loving the double standards.

  27. Happy (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    Karachi’s airport is one of the ugliest I have ever seen. Sure it is big. But man is it dark in there. Somebody really went crazy with the brown color and applied it everywhere.

    Additionally, the cigarette smoke is overwhelming! They have designated smoking areas but they are fully aired. Meaning the smoke easily escapes out and spreads to the rest of the airport.

    The service on the other hand is not bad. Immigration and customs people have never bothered me. Thankfully we are not living under Zia’s rule when the corruption of the Custom’s people was legendary.

    I have never figured out what happened to the customs people, why they stopped pestering the passengers for money all of a sudden.

  28. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

    @ Happy
    I think they chose brown color to keep the Interior cooler, I dont known when they would use the solar energy.
    You know how hot it gets in karachi.

  29. Khurram Faheem (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

    Karachi is a wonderful city and the airport is also nice and feels like home whenever I land. However, people arriving from out of country cram up the immigration check-in counters regardless of nationality. Please do not line-up on the foreign passport line if you hold a Pakistani passport. It’s very annoying and even you should know how to read :p

  30. shobz (unregistered) on November 30th, 2007 @ 12:57 am

    i have had the worst experiences at Karachi airport. they make u wait for hours at the immigration counter (i guess it was coz of Nawaz Sharif. I came back on the 10th of Sept). They dont have anyone to control the queues. I dont blame the airport as much as i blame the people.

  31. Ali Khan (unregistered) on November 30th, 2007 @ 7:24 am

    On 23rd Nov,it look less than 5 mins to get pass immigration counter. We were hardly 100 passengers and there were almost 10+ counters open. The people made queues too.

  32. SELF (unregistered) on December 1st, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

    Newly operational Sialkot’s airport, developed by the Sialkot’s business community;

    Some claim it has the largest runway in the country able to land Airbus A380. I wouldn’t jump on that unless proven from an independent source.

  33. Paranoid (unregistered) on December 1st, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

    well to be honest, karachi airport is much better then ones at the leading cities of the world.
    I am coming back on friday for the 4th time in 3 years, and i never had problems with immigration,ofcourse it just makes me jealous that the foreign passport holders line is smaller then my pakistani passport one :P otherwise its quick and easy.
    Even the waiting areas are much better then abu dhabhi,heathrow,gatwick,istanbul. mainly because they are really busy airports, but still they if they charge so much airport tax then even provide more space.
    Karachi is a small international airport,and i would rate it 8/10.

    Last time i went to the usa was 7 years ago. I dont have much memory of that but the airports there were much better and bigger then the ones in europe.

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