Skardu airport got international airport status today on 2 December 2021. According to the PCAA’s tweet, the airport is renovated as per Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to boost tourism in the country.
A spokesman for the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) said in a tweet: “In line with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision master plan to promote tourism across the country, Skardu Airport starts operating as an international airport from December 2, 2021. Initially, the flight operations will be under visual flight rules (VFR) only.”
What are Visual Flight Rules (VFR)?
Visual Flight Rules simply means that the aircraft is planned to operate in visual meteorological conditions (VMC, i.e. nice and clear weather). Clouds, heavy precipitation, low visibility, and otherwise unfavorable weather conditions will dismiss the flight schedule.
Skardu Airport Elevated to International Status!— Aviation Division PK (@AviDivPK) December 2, 2021
In line with the PM’s Vision Master Plan to promote tourism across the country Skardu Airport is all set to launch international flight operations from today. Initially the operations will be under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) only. pic.twitter.com/av3OTX7TB4
Skardu airport, located at an elevation of over 7,000 feet, is one of the world’s highest altitude airports.
Meanwhile, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) first flight with 121 passengers landed at Madina International Airport on 2 December. According to the statement, Saudi Arabia has lifted the travel ban on Pakistan and five other countries from 1 December. Today, Pakistan send five more flights to Saudi Arabia caring for 1400 passengers as per schedule.
Additionally, PIA has a plan to operate 35 flights per week to Saudi Arabia after ending the restriction.