GILGIT: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed the Ministry of Civil Aviation to increase Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights to Gilgit-Baltistan, besides arranging the operation of private airlines to the region.
According to a press release issued on Wednesday by GB Chief Secretary Mohyuddin Ahmed Wani said: “I am glad to state that I was able to convey to the Prime Minister of Pakistan the dire need to promote tourism in the region.”
Mohyuddin Ahmed Wani said in this regard, I requested how important it was to increase the number of PIA flights to GB on a daily basis.
“I am pleased to announce that on my request, the Prime Minister has directed the Ministry of Aviation to look into the matter,” he said.
A meeting has been scheduled with the staff of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the private air travel sector and other stakeholders in Islamabad on Friday. GB Chief Secretary has also been invited.
The agenda of the meeting is to explore ways to promote tourism to GB through more travel opportunities by air. The chief secretary said this will bear fruit and result in the enhancement of tourism and in effect improvement of the economy of the region, he said.
Earlier, GB Chief Secretary Mohyuddin Ahmed Wani through a letter, sent to the Chief Executive Officer of PIA requested to increase the number of flights to Gilgit and Skardu.
The letter said there is a massive influx of tourists during this time, and the current flight schedule to both cities in Gilgit-Baltistan is very limited.