First International flight at Skardu: Another landmark in tourism

Skardu Airport is ready to handle its first international flight on May 13. The International flight will take off from Munich, Germany. It will land at Skardu International Airport in May which is located at a very high altitude.

As per the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Skardu Airport will receive its first-ever International flight on Monday. The flight which is going to land at this high altitude Airport will take off from Munich, Germany. It would be a chartered flight. However, the flight will take off for Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on May 16 as per the notification of CAA on Monday.

The CAA has urged that all responsible departments and institutions furnish all essential arrangements. They are expecting professionalism at all forums of this Airport. They also asked for the complete paperwork of the all furnished important arrangements. CAA wants seamless conduct of the first-ever international flight to the lovely city.

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan has given the status of Skardu as an International Airport. While inaugurating this beautiful airport for International flights he said, “No country in the world can progress without developing its remote areas. ¬†cannot tell you how your lives are about to change with the help of this facility. You cannot perceive it right now, but I can.”

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PIA role for International Airport

Pakistan International Airlines played a very important role in the development of Skardu International Airport. However, in the past 2 years, the International flights were closed. On the other hand, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operated five to six flights each day to Skardu airport, transporting hundreds of tourists to the scenic region.

It was a huge effort from PIA to promote tourism in the domestic region. The former Government also planned to launch helicopter services for Skardu and Gilgit to increase tourism. However, they believed that Tourism is very important for the development of remote areas and eventually it will also increase the GDP of the country as well.

However, CAA Director General Khaqan Murtaza had said that the airport was ready to handle any international inbound flight. CAA has completed work on the infrastructure and other installations related to immigration at the Airport. Whereas, Skardu International Airport has been one of the busiest airports in the country last summer season.

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