Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Wednesday launched AirSial, pakistan’s third private airline, introduced and to be operated by Sialkot’s business community.
Accompanied by federal ministers Hammad Azahar, Ghulam Sarwar, Advisor Razzak Dawood, SAPM Usman Dar, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and Special Assistant to CM Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, the prime minister cut the ribbon to launch the airline which would initially only operate domestically.
With a current fleet of three Airbus A320-200s, the airline would operate flights to and from Sialkot, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar.
Known for producing sports goods particularly the world’s finest footballs, Sialkot took another lead by launching the airline, after it had established the first privately owned airport in 2007 funded by the city’s business community.
Further, the prime minister will later interact with the business community besides launching various development projects worth Rs17 billion under the Punjab Intermediate Cities Investment Programme (PICIP).
He will also break ground for city’s sewage system and water supply scheme costing Rs9.5 billion, inaugurate recreational parks costing Rs300 million and see to the provision of latest machinery for solid waste machinery worth Rs600 million.