PIA flight operation for Swat reopened after 17 years


SWAT, MARCH 26 (Online): Swat Airport has been reopened for flights after 17 years.

The first flight of national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) left Islamabad at 10 and landed at 11 in Swat valley on Friday., Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and aviation minister made the journey aboard the flight with to mark the historic voyage. A total of 47 passengers travelled to the valley.
Pakistan International Airlines will operate two flights from Lahore and Islamabad in a week. The first flight will leave for Saidu Sharif from Islamabad on March 26.
The Saidu Sharif airport had been non-operational since 2004 after the national flag carrier ceased to operate commercial flights to this destination.
The airport was established in 1978, and it used to handle two flights a day from Islamabad and Peshawar.
Aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said we are starting PIA flights for Swat after 17 years. These flights were suspended in previous tenures due to financial constraints and terrorism. People of Swat and Malakand have faced the challenge of terrorism valiantly side by side security forces.

He went on to say PIA flights for Swat are need of hour.