Skardu: According to media sources, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry declared on Tuesday that the government has chosen to build a new international grade airport in Skardu to encourage tourism.
Existing airports in Gilgit and Skardu are being restored to international standards, according to the federal minister. He went on to say that Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered that all airports be linked to tourism and that they remain open all year.
Gilgit and Skardu are key tourist destinations in Gilgit-Baltistan, and having an all-weather international airport is essential for boosting tourism, particularly among international visitors. The domestic airport in Skardu presently has two asphalt runways, one measuring 8,740 feet and the other 11,944 feet.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has recently begun conducting national flights to Skardu from towns such as Faisalabad, Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore to promote tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan. Last month, PIA resumed its Safari Air flights to boost tourism.