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Prime Minister Imran Khan will officially be launching Pakistan’s third private airline on 9 December. The announcement for the airline’s launch named ‘AirSial’ will take place at Sialkot. As per reports, the announcement will be held at a special ceremony at the Sialkot International Airport which PM Imran will personally address.
For a while, it had been expected that AirSial would launch its flight operations way back in June 2020 but it delayed them due to the coronavirus pandemic situation. However, now the conditions have returned to relatively normal and the airline is set to run its first flight in Pakistan by the mid of December.
The private airline was established in 2017 and was allowed by the Aviation Division to run its operations in Pakistan in the same year. Following this allowance, the Premier earlier had also approved the issuance of an aviation license to the airline i.e. AirSial while chairing a federal cabinet meeting.
AirSial received the first of its three Airbus A320-200s on 27th of November. These had arrived from Arizona at the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi. AerCap – the biggest independent aircraft leasing company in the world – leased these airbuses to the recently established and now officially fully operational airline.
As per reports, initially, the airline will only operate in the limited cities of Karachi, Lahore, Sialkot, Peshawar and Islamabad. It will conduct three daily flights from Karachi to Lahore and Islamabad. Similarly, three weekly flights will be conducted to Sialkot; and four weekly flights will go to Peshawar.
AirSial also plans to launch flights to international destinations but at a later stage. It is said to be considering countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and Malaysia.
Good News for the People
The launch of this third private airline is undoubtedly great news for residents of the country as it provides a new reputable option for people looking to travel via air. This is especially true in recent times, what with the scandals surrounding fake workers’ licenses in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and other tragedies or the recent incident with Serene Air. Hopefully though, the conditions in these airlines improve as the Aviation Ministry is now bent on making it so.
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