Flight operation resumes at Swat Airport after 17 years
What could be termed a big step for the promotion of tourism in the country and the result of untiring efforts by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed, flight operation resumed at Swat Airport on Friday (March 26) after a gap of 17 years, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The first flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), PK-650, carrying Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and federal ministers Murad Saeed and Ghulam Sarwar and PIA CEO, touched down at the Saidu Sharif Airport Friday morning.
Before leaving for Swat, a cake was cut at Islamabad Airport while Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan presented bouquet and other gifts to the guests who received boarding cards in a queue.
Similar arrangements were made at the Swat Airport where the government officials were received warmly on arrival.
Initially, two flights in a week will operate between Islamabad and Swat while the flights coming from Islamabad will be connected to the flights from Karachi and Lahore.
Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed had on Wednesday (March 24) said that the resumption of flight operation at Saidu Sharif Airport after 17 years was a historic and memorable occasion for the people of Swat.
Murad Saeed welcomed the decision for the promotion of regional tourism and also announced the good news about starting of international flight operation from Saidu Sharif for the people of Malakand Division.
According to Murad Saeed, “in the first phase domestic and second phase international flights will be operated.
Before the launch of international flights, the airport will be expanded to international standards” he said.
Reporter Azmat Ali Shah