Airblue Soon to Start Flight Operation For Skardu

Private Airlines may start direct flights for Skardu soon amid growing demand from domestic tourists who wish to visit scenic Gilgit Baltistan (GB) during ongoing tourism season.

The demand for air travel has recently witnessed a manifold surge as a large number of people living in different parts of the country want to see lush green valleys, meadows, gushing waterfalls and snow-clad mountains of the region.

Keeping in view of such an increasing air travelling demand and to promote tourism in the region, the authorities concerned are issuing No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to private airlines.

Gilgit-Baltistan’s Minister for Tourism, Raja Nasir Ali Khan on Tuesday confirmed the development and said “Airblue is likely to start flights for Skardu from mid of August.” Talking to APP he said that another airline ‘North Air’ had also been awarded NOC recently to run its operation.

“If any private airline wants to come to GB, we will extend full facilitation to them in this regard,” he remarked and said the PIA had already been operating multiple flights to Skardu from different cities of Pakistan every week.

The cities from where the PIA was running flight operation for Skardu included Faisalabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Sialkot, he added.

Every week, three flights each were being operated from Lahore and Karachi, two each from Faisalabad and Sialkot, one from Multan, while from Islamabad, it was demand-driven.

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