On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated Air Sial, Pakistan’s third private airline, which was established and will be run by the Sialkot business group.
The Prime Minister cut the ribbon to introduce the airline that will initially run domestically, joined by Federal Ministers Hammad Azhar, Ghulam Sarwar, Adviser Razzak Dawood, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Usman Dar, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and Punjab Special Assistant CM Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.
The airline will fly flights to and from Sialkot, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar with its new fleet of three Airbus A320-200s.
Air Sial, a licenced airline, is the brainchild of members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sialkot who after the success of their previous initiative, Sialkot International Airport Ltd, launched the project.
Air Sial’s deputy chairman, Fazal Jilani, had previously told Dawn by telephone that the airline would begin selling its tickets shortly after its inauguration by the Prime Minister.
The privately operated airline was given approval by the Aviation Division in 2017 to operate its operations. It also plans to begin services to international destinations.
During the tour, in addition to launching different infrastructure projects worth Rs 17 billion under the Punjab Intermediate Cities Investment Programme, the prime minister would engage with the business community.
He will break ground for the sanitation infrastructure and water treatment system of the city that will cost Rs9.5bn, open leisure parks costing Rs300 million for the general public, and supply Rs600m with the new machinery for solid waste machinery.