According to the Federal Minister for Aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Skardu airport is being upgraded in an effort to start international flight operations to the northern region of the country.

The latest measure is part of PM Imran Khan’s initiative to boost tourism and economic growth in the picturesque region of Gilgit-Baltistan. In recent months Skardu and Gilgit emerged as the busiest airports in Pakistan with a high influx of domestic flights coming in from all major cities. More and more tourists headed north this pandemic, at a time when Pakistani nationals have been red-listed across certain parts of the globe.

The revamped airport will support all weather and night-time flight operations allowing aircrafts to make low-visibility takeoff and landings. Located at an altitude of over 7,000 feet Skardu airport is known to be among the highest altitude airports in the world.

The government will soon issue a notification declaring Skardu airport as an international airport, the minister said, adding that the airport’s runway was being expanded for wide-body aircraft landing. Meanwhile, the government is also exploring options to build a new airport in the city of Gilgit.