Skardu, August 14, 2023 – A historic moment was witnessed in Skardu today as the first international flight landed at the Skardu International Airport. The flight, PK234, operated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), departed from Dubai International Airport and landed at Skardu Airport at 8:15am local time.
The arrival of the flight was greeted with a water cannon salute and a traditional welcome ceremony. The passengers were welcomed by a number of government officials, including Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Secretary Mohyuddin Ahmed Wani, PIA Chief Executive Officer Air Vice Marshal Amir Hayat, and Skardu Airport Director Zafarullah Khan.
The successful landing of the first international flight is a major milestone for Skardu and for Pakistan as a whole. It opens up the region to tourism and investment, and it will help to boost the local economy. Skardu is a beautiful and scenic place, and it is home to some of the world’s highest mountains, including K2. The region is also home to a rich cultural heritage.
The commencement of international flights to Skardu is a sign of Pakistan’s growing connectivity with the world. It is also a testament to the hard work and dedication of the people of Skardu and the government of Pakistan.
In a statement, Chief Secretary Wani said that the landing of the first international flight was a “historic moment” for Skardu and for Pakistan. He said that it would “open up new possibilities for travel and connect the region with the rest of the world.”
PIA CEO Hayat said that the airline was “proud” to be a part of this historic moment. He said that PIA would continue to work with the government to promote tourism and investment in Skardu.
Skardu Airport Director Khan said that the airport was now fully operational and ready to handle international flights. He said that the airport had been upgraded to meet international standards.
The landing of the first international flight is a major boost for Skardu and for Pakistan. It is a sign of the country’s growing connectivity with the world, and it will help to boost tourism and investment in the region.
The Importance of the First International Flight
The landing of the first international flight at Skardu airport is a major step forward for the region. It will have a number of positive impacts, including:
Boosting tourism: Skardu is a popular tourist destination, but it has been difficult for international tourists to reach the region. The introduction of international flights will make it much easier for tourists to visit Skardu, which will boost the local economy.
Promoting economic development: The tourism industry is a major driver of economic development in Gilgit-Baltistan. The introduction of international flights will help to attract more investment and businesses to the region, which will create jobs and boost the economy.
Improving connectivity: Skardu is a remote region, and it has been difficult for people from other parts of Pakistan to travel there. The introduction of international flights will improve connectivity between Skardu and the rest of the country, which will make it easier for people to travel to and from the region.
Promoting cultural exchange: Skardu is a melting pot of cultures, and it is home to a rich history and heritage. The introduction of international flights will help to promote cultural exchange between Skardu and the rest of the world, which will enrich the lives of people in both regions.
The Future of Skardu Airport
The landing of the first international flight is a major milestone for Skardu airport, but it is just the beginning. The airport is expected to see increased traffic in the coming years, and there are plans to expand the airport to accommodate more flights.
The expansion of Skardu airport will help to further boost tourism and economic development in Gilgit-Baltistan. It will also make it easier for people from all over the world to experience the beauty of the Karakoram Mountains.
The future of Skardu airport is bright, and it is poised to become a major international airport in the years to come.