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PIA Planning to Operate Flights to Skardu and Gilgit from Lahore

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According to news sources, PIA is planning to operate flights to Skardu and Gilgit from Lahore.

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Re: PIA Planning to Operate Flights to Skardu and Gilgit from Lahore

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Good move.

Made the same suggestion on Dec. 12th 2020 on the topic PIA to Return ATR72 Aircraft to Leasing Company"
Yes the Covid-19 did destroy air travel business no doubt, but why return now and not earlier in June or July??

Once the the vaccine was out and travel could resume, PIA could have been a bit more creative and used the ATR72 for new routes that might have worked for local tourism.

I have always wondered why PIA could not connect Lahore to its Northern areas airports.

Lahore-Gilgit
Lahore-Skardu
Lahore-Chitral

With direct flights from Lahore instead of Islamabad the number of tourist going to these cities would increase.

Lahore-Kabul (lot of Afghans settled in Lahore)

Karachi-Multan multiple daily flights
Karachi-Quetta multiple daily flights
Lahore-Quetta
Islamabad-Quetta
Good luck PIA you will need a lot more to dig yourself out the debt grave you have dug for yourself.
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Re: PIA Planning to Operate Flights to Skardu and Gilgit from Lahore

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GIL and CJL not possible from Lahore due MTOW restrictions

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PIA flights to Skardu and Gilgit from Lahore most likely to include a stopover in Islamabad.

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GIL and CJL not possible from Lahore due MTOW restrictions
Its just an extra 30 minutes of fuel.

If ATR72 can fly nonstop from Karachi to Lahore in 2 hours than why not Lahore to Gilgit which will probably be a shorter flight.

Is it that the runway at Gilgit needs to be longer?? Skardu can handle an A320 so the runway must be longer.
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PIA is planning to start non-stop flights between Lahore and Skardu with Airbus A320. Flight duration will be one hour & thirty minutes.

Apparently twice-a-week flights every Saturday and Tuesday starting from May 15.

* Flight PK453 to Skardu departure from Lahore at 7:00 AM.

* Flight PK454 to Lahore departure from Skardu at 9:20 AM.

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Amaad Lone wrote: Tue Mar 23, 2021 1:03 pm
GIL and CJL not possible from Lahore due MTOW restrictions
Its just an extra 30 minutes of fuel.

If ATR72 can fly nonstop from Karachi to Lahore in 2 hours than why not Lahore to Gilgit which will probably be a shorter flight.

Is it that the runway at Gilgit needs to be longer?? Skardu can handle an A320 so the runway must be longer.
Yes it is the runway thats the issue. Even planning LHE-GIL-ISB is not possible because this wouldn’t leave any fuel for alternates. Already 42s operating overweight GIL-ISB sectors.

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PIA to start operating non-stop flights between Lahore and Skardu from April 6 with Airbus A320 aircraft.

Route: Lahore to Skardu
Flight Number: PK8453
Day of Operation: Tuesday, Saturday
Aircraft Type: Airbus A320
Departure from Lahore: 8:00 AM
Arrival in Skardu: 9:15 AM
Flight Duration: One hour & fifteen minutes

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Route: Skardu to Lahore
Flight Number: PK8454
Day of Operation: Tuesday, Saturday
Aircraft Type: Airbus A320
Departure from Skardu: 10:15 AM
Arrival in Lahore: 11:30 AM
Flight Duration: One hour & fifteen minutes

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PIA advertising airline's twice-a-week flights between Lahore and Skardu.

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Operation of PIA inaugural Lahore to Skardu non-stop Airbus A320 flight PK8453 now expected on April 7 instead of April 6.

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Probably, PIA Lahore to Skardu inaugural flight not operated today due to bad weather.

PIA Islamabad to Skardu Airbus A320 flight PK451 was also cancelled today.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/pk451

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The frequency of cancellation of Skardu flights in probably very high due to weather. The ISB-SKardu flight is cancelled very often. One wonders how many cancellations will be on Lahore to North Areas sector.
On other note, there are large communities of Northern Area people in Karachi as well as residents of Karachi who want to travel to North. One wonders why direct flight from Karachi is not included to northern routes.

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Today, PIA began operating non-stop flights between Lahore and Skardu with Airbus A320.

The inaugural flight PK8453 performed by aircraft registration AP-BLZ is carrying 153 passengers. The aircraft departed from Lahore at 10:59 AM.

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Water cannon salute given at Skardu Airport to PIA Airbus A320 (aircraft registration AP-BLZ) inaugural non-stop flight PK8453 from Lahore operated today.

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Cake cutting ceremony at Skardu Airport.

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Re: PIA Planning to Operate Flights to Skardu and Gilgit from Lahore

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PIA launches direct flights from Lahore to Skardu

Lahore, 07 April 2021 -
PIA has started direct flights from Lahore to Skardu. According to a PIA spokesperson, two weekly flights are being operated for Lahore-Skardu-Lahore. The first flight on Wednesday carrying 153 passengers left for Skardu from Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. The new flight was welcomed by passengers.

In line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, PIA is operating more flights to the northern areas to promote domestic tourism and facilitate passengers. Chief Executive Officer PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik while congratulating PIA staff on the launch of the new flight, he stressed upon the excellent service of the passengers. He said that PIA was connecting different cities by air for the convenience of domestic passengers.

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At Lahore Airport, PIA District Manager Abdul Muqaddam Khan, Station Manager Ali Asghar Zaidi, Public Relations Manager Athar Hassan Awan and other PIA officials bade farewell to the passengers.

Source: PIA Press Release
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