Islamabad: In a bid to spice up tourism, Pakistan Worldwide Airline (PIA) has launched direct flights from the cultural capital of Lahore to scenic Skardu within the northern Gilgit-Baltistan area.
PIA’s first direct flight landed on the Skardu Airport from Lahore on April 7. The flight took almost one hour and quarter-hour from Allama Iqbal Worldwide Airport to Skardu Airport.
The plane’s reception was celebrated with a conventional water salute. The PK-8453 flight with 153 passengers obtained a heat welcome on the Skardu Airport which is surrounded by snowy peaks providing a glimpse of the pure wonders within the area.
Skardu Deputy Commissioner Karim Dad Ghughtai, PIA workers and different officers introduced flowers to the passengers of the inaugural flight. A cake-cutting ceremony was additionally held on the Skardu Airport to have fun the second.
New journey hall
The brand new flight route would open a brand new journey hall for home and worldwide vacationers, officers mentioned. The one-way journey on the Lahore-Skardu route would value round Rs7,550 (US$49).
The 2 weekly flights on the brand new route would vastly assist increase tourism within the area, mentioned Gilgit-Baltistan tourism minister Raja Nasir Ali Khan as he vowed to take the native tourism sector to “new heights”.
PIA launched the brand new flight route connecting Punjab with northern areas of Pakistan simply days after resuming flight operations to Swat – also referred to as the Switzerland of the East.
“The 2 direct flights from Lahore [to Skardu] have been launched in good time earlier than Ramadan and tourism season whereas Karachi shall be related quickly too” which might additional enhance accessibility to the nation’s north, mentioned Nationwide Tourism Coordination Board (NTCB) chairman Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari.
PIA restructuring plan
In the meantime, the federal authorities has accepted Rs457 billion price restructuring plan for PIA to make the nationwide flag service financially viable. Job cuts would even be a part of the reformation plan and no less than 25 per cent of the prevailing workforce or 3,500 PIA staff would lose jobs whereas the airline would additionally shut its non-profitable routes and share the worldwide routes with different airways.