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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Skardu receives its first international flight

The aircraft's graceful landing at Skardu International Airport was met with a water cannon salute, underscoring the significance of this milestone.

In a historic moment that has set a new trajectory for regional connectivity, the Skardu welcomed its very first international flight from Dubai on Monday, marking a monumental occasion for the Gilgit Baltistan region.

With a sense of awe and celebration in the air, Pakistan International Airlines flight PK234 embarked on its maiden voyage from Dubai, carrying a group of 80 passengers who were about to become part of a historic event.

The aircraft’s graceful landing at Skardu International Airport was met with a water cannon salute, underscoring the significance of this milestone. As passengers disembarked, they were presented with bouquets of flowers, commemorating the momentous journey.

The enormity of the achievement was not lost on the region. The Office of the Gilgit Baltistan Chief Secretary aptly described the event as the making of history. This inaugural international flight signifies not only the bolstering of global connectivity for Skardu but also the dawn of new travel opportunities. In a world where accessibility is key, this development stands to enhance tourism and transform the region’s economic prospects.

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For the Chief Secretary’s office, this moment was hailed as a turning point with the potential to revolutionize the local tourism industry and fortify international ties. The Pakistan International Airlines took to the digital realm to express their excitement, heralding the newfound accessibility of Skardu to the world at large. The echoes of this flight will likely reverberate across sectors, from tourism to commerce, underscoring the significance of this occasion.

Adding to the significance was the fact that this event unfolded on Pakistan’s 76th Independence Day. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, shared his jubilation, urging travelers to explore the captivating landscapes of the region and capture its beauty through visual storytelling. Ambassador Tirmizi pointed to this landmark achievement as a catalyst for promoting tourism and fostering stronger international relationships.

The Civil Aviation Authority concurred, describing the event as an extraordinary occurrence, largely due to the airport’s unique location at an impressive altitude of 7,500 feet above sea level. Unlike other airports in northern Pakistan, Skardu International Airport boasts the capacity to handle larger aircraft, given its extended runway length.

As Skardu opens its gates to international travel, it signifies the dawn of a new era for the region. This event not only bridges geographical gaps but also paves the way for enhanced cultural exchange, economic growth, and global partnerships. Skardu’s natural allure and rich heritage are poised to shine on the global stage, as it takes its rightful place as a gateway between nations.