PIA decides to restart flights to Saidu Sharif after 17 years

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Karachi

Resuming more flight operations in order to promote local tourism as well as due to limited international operation in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to operate flights to the Saidu Sharif Airport in Swat.

The airport that was closed in 2004 owing to the precarious security situation will be made operational.

The national flag carrier will operate a test flight to the airport using an ATR aircraft in the last week of this month, the PIA said and called for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to make arrangements in this regard. The required development work at the Saidu Sharif airport has been carried out.

A CAA official said that the airport has been non-operational for a long time and will be re-opened following an approval of the federal government.
He said the airport’s runway has been readied for flights to land and take off.

Earlier on Monday last, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) resumed flight operations between Islamabad and Chitral that had been suspended for one-and-a-half years due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The PIA spokesperson announced that Rs5,920 will be charged for one-side trip. For Chitral, two flights will be operated from Islamabad twice a week, said the PIA spokesperson, adding that the resumption of the flight op on the Chitral Sector will promote tourism.—TLTP

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