Skardu’s administration has scheduled international and domestic flights.
CAA plans to establish helicopter flights between Skardu and Gilgit to encourage tourism.
Karachi: In order to enhance tourism in Skardu and Gilgit, the federal government intends to launch flight operations by foreign airlines as well as helicopter services for the two destinations.
Flt Lt (Retd) Khaqan Murtaza, Director-General of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), made the announcement during a news conference.
According to Lt (Retd) Khaqan Murtaza, the administration intends to use helicopters as a mode of transportation and exploration in order to increase tourism in Skardu, Gilgit, and Chitral provinces.
The Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of India (CAA) also acknowledged an earlier move by the government to enable international airline operations at Skardu.
It is important to note that the Skardu International Airport (KDU) is currently undergoing renovations in order to accommodate international airline operations.
The majority of the work will be done on the runway, which will be extended to accommodate wide-body aircraft landings.
Furthermore, a helipad – a landing and take-off facility for helicopters — is proposed to be built surrounding the airport, as well as at other locations around the region.
Local private airlines are now permitted to operate flights to and from Skardu Airport, thanks to a recent decision by the government.
Starting in the middle of August, a local private airline, Airblue, will begin operating flights to Skardu from the capital.
Similarly, North Air, a local private airline that will be formed in the near future, has just been granted a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to conduct flights between Skardu and other destinations.
These recent efforts are part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s aim to make the most of Gilgit-position Baltistan’s as a tourism center to the greatest extent possible.
Meanwhile, the CAA Director-General has suggested that tourist helicopter flights will soon be accessible for Gwadar, Turbat, and Mohenjo-Daro in addition to other destinations in the country in the near future.