[News] International Airport to be Constructed in Chilas – Gilgit-Baltistan, President Zardari

ISLAMABAD (ET): President Asif Ali Zardari has directed the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to carry out a study on constructing two new all-weather international airports in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

“The president has directed CAA to carry out a study for the construction of the Chilas International Airport,” confirmed CAA spokesperson Pervez George on Thursday. He added that studies for constructing another international airport in Mirpur in AJK are also being conducted.

According to CAA officials, the authority has already started paperwork for constructing a new international airport in Chilas in order to facilitate G-B residents and attract tourists to the region. Though Chilas already has a small airport, no passenger airline operates from there currently.

According to CAA officials, the authority has already started

paperwork for constructing a new international airport in Chilas

in order to facilitate G-B residents and attract tourists to the region.

CAA Director General (DG) Capt (retd) Nadeem Khan Yousafzai has also visited Mirpur and met with local administration officials for constructing another international airport there. The AJK government has promised complete assistance for the task.

Officials said physical work on the two proposed airports will start by the end of 2014. After their construction, there will be over 141 airfields, both civil and military, in Pakistan. CAA oversees all civil airports in the country, apart from Sialkot International Airport which is owned and operated by the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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3 Responses to [News] International Airport to be Constructed in Chilas – Gilgit-Baltistan, President Zardari

  1. TAQDIR ALI KHAN ADVOCATE AND LEGAL ADVISOR TO DAWN MEDIA GROUP says:

    WHY THE EXISTING GILGIT AIRPORT IS RE CONSTRUCTED TO FACILITATE THE PEOPLE OF GB RATHER TO SPENT HUGE FUNDS ON PROPOSES CHILAS AIRPORT? IS THIS FEASIBLE.?

  2. Nova says:

    Airport? ! ! ! SHOCKED! It seems that President Zardari wants to ferry in the missiles and the butchers who have decimated the wildlife in the whole of the northern Pakistan, not just the Chitral region. Airport is not needed, the tourists are still coming to the region. Think this through. President Zardari and the tax dodging politicians et all are not environmentalists. The damage to the region will not be repaired. It seems that the priority in that region is clean, solar energy to avoid what remains of the greenery to be chopped down and the area turned to desert.

  3. To facilitate the future communications with CA countries and beyond including attraction for local and international tourists we need airports of Skurdo and Gilgit including the Chilas airport upgraded. A potential airport could be the Pasu, Hunza air -strip close to the only dry port ,Sost, of GB Region.

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