Private airlines may start flight operation for Skardu soon

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Staff Reporter 
Islamabad

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

The demand for air travel has recently wit-nessed a manifold surge as a large num-ber 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 has confirmed the devel-opment and said “Airblue is likely to start flights for Skardu from mid of August.”

Talking to APP via phone, 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.

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