First-ever international flight from Germany to Skardu delayed

Germany to Skardu

The planned operation of a chartered passenger flight booked to bring tourists from Germany to Skardu area of Pakistan has been delayed due to its administrative reasons.

The flight was scheduled to arrive at Pakistan’s Skardu International Airport on May 13 from Munich International Airport, Germany, carrying tourists.

Skardu International Airport is ready and available for international flights, says spokesman for the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The next flight schedule will be announced later, announced CAA spokesperson.

In a significant step forward for tourism promotion in Pakistan, the Skardu airport, located in the country’s mountainous region and upgraded as an international airport last year, will handle a chartered international flight.

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According to a letter sent to various departments and authorities by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), an international chartered flight is scheduled to operate Skardu from Munich, Germany on May 13, 2022 and will depart Skardu airport on May 16, 2022 to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The CAA had requested that all concerned departments and institutions complete/furnish all necessary preparations and formalities for the smooth operation of the first international flight to the beautiful city.

Earlier in August 2021, CAA upgraded and developed Skardu airport into an international airport capable of handling international flights.

Skardu Airport was previously upgraded to international standards for international flights and would have an additional runway to accommodate wide-body aircraft.

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The arrival of international flights will boost tourism and foreign exchange in the country.

The beautiful northern destinations may be introduced to foreigners, and the PIA, as the national flag carrier, may play a role in further enhancing domestic and international tourism.

Aside from international airline flights, the government plans to launch helicopter services in Skardu and Gilgit to promote tourism.

According to a CAA official, the agency intends to promote tourism in Gilgit, Skardu, and Chitral by flying large planes. It has already given permission to foreign airlines to operate flights in Skardu and Gilgit.

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