Skardu airport all set to operate inte'l flights from Dec 2

By: News Desk      Published: 04:30 PM, 1 Dec, 2021
A view of a runway of the Skardu Airport. — Picture courtesy: PCAA/Twitter
A view of a runway of the Skardu Airport. — Picture courtesy: PCAA/Twitter

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has elevated Skardu airport to international status on competition of the upgradation of the airport which is now all set for an international flight operations from Dec 2 (Thursday), reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

The authority said the airport's initial operations will be conducted under the Visual Flight Rules (VFR) only.

Under the VFR, an aircraft is intended to operate in visual meteorological conditions (i.e. nice and clear weather). Clouds, heavy precipitation, low visibility, and other adverse weather conditions should be avoided under the VFR, according to the ATP Flight School.

Pertinent to note that Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan had announced the decision to upgrade Skardu airport to international standards on January 2020.

The upgradation of the airport included the construction of a new runway, new terminal building, apron and provision of other facilities to cater to international flight operations.

The minister had also said at the time that the Skardu airport was listed among the world's highest altitude airports, adding that it had become one of the busiest airports in Pakistan.

Sarwar had underlined that a plan was also afoot to expand the Gilgit airport, adding that options were being explored to construct a new airport in Gilgit.