Domestic air travel is about to get cheaper with a new airline all set to take off its operations for domestic traveling which is surely going to be a relief for the local passengers. Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved AirSial to commence its operations in Pakistan operating from Sialkot International Airport. The Chairman of AirSial, Fazal Jillani, met the Prime Minister along with Federal Minister for Privatization and Aviation Authority to discuss the details regarding the start of the new airline.
During the meeting, the premier accorded approval for the airline to operate from Sialkot airport and said, “The decision of traders to start flight services is a welcome step.”
“Sialkot is becoming an important hub of investment and the government will provide further facilities,” the PM was quoted as saying.
PM Imran Khan further said, “The government is taking comprehensive measures for the business community.” He expressed his hope that the start of the airline will increase business activities and employment in the Sialkot region.
AirSial is a privately owned Pakistani airline that has been issued a license by the PCAA to start domestic operations. It is a project by Sialkot Exporters after the success of Sialkot International Airport and is under the supervision of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The Airline is expected to launch its operation by 2019 and will operate 3 Airbus A320. In addition to operating domestically, the new airline plans to expand its reach to destinations in the Middle East well.
AirSial was granted aviation license in October 2017 but it could not start its operations due to internal issues. Apart from the fine it faced from Civil Aviation Authority, a general slowdown in Pakistan’s aviation landscape also caused the new airline delays in commencing its operations.
AirSial can lower the rates for domestic flights to a considerable level especially when Shaheen Airlines, a major domestic operator, has ended its operations. The local competition is a bit lowered and provides an encouraging position for AirSial to take off. Since the local operators have increased their monopoly in increasing the ticket fares, a new entry can have a significant impact on the local travel landscape. Currently, the domestic traveler has to pay a lot more to travel from Karachi to Lahore than he has to pay for a one-way flight to Dubai.