The decision of the PTI government to reopen the Saidu Sharif airport in scenic Swat valley will not only promote tourism but also help local businesses and population to connect with main commercial and industrial hubs of the country. This airport was built near Swat River in 1978 and remained operational for more than two and half decades. PIA was used to operate Fokker jet between Islamabad and Saidu Sharif.
The PIA is making necessary arrangements to resume operations from this airport. The MD PIS Arshad Malik met with federal minister communication Murad Saeed and discussed measures and actions needed to make this airport operational. The federal minister Murad Saeed is taking keen interest in the reopening of Saidu Sharif airport. The minister elected from Swat in the general elections of July 25.
Murad Saeed known for his fiery speeches against opposition in the national assembly said that Swat is a great tourist destination, and it is necessary to facilitate tourists in exploring its natural beauty. “Tourism is one of the promising sectors which earn foreign exchange,” he said, adding that with the assistance of PIA management, Saidu Sharif airport will be reopened.
Last week, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan assured that the K-P government would extend every possible support for upgrading and extension of the airport. “This airport would have a key role in the changing scenario. This region is going to be a hub of trade and investment…,” he was quoted as saying.
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17 November, 2019