Gilgit-Baltistan: Chinese help for making Gilgit-Baltistan’s airports ‘all weather’

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Gilgit: The federal government wants to seek Chinese help for making two of Gilgit-Baltistan’s (G-B) airports ‘all weather’ to guarantee uninterrupted flights in the mountainous region, sources said on Saturday.

“The airports in Gilgit and Skardu will be upgraded, enabling aircraft to land and take off in all weathers,” sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune on Saturday.

The tourism industry in G-B has suffered immensely over the years due to frequent flights cancellation to the region, famous among foreign and national tourists for its breathtaking beauty and majestic mountains. Tourism is also a major source of income for the population in G-B and enhanced airports would play an instrumental role in expanding the industry.

The journey from Islamabad to Gilgit via the Karakoram Highway (KKH) became almost inaccessible after the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, which left the KKH damaged. The previous 14-hour journey from Islamabad to Gilgit has now stretched to 24 hours, as bumpy roads continue irking tourists.

Currently the only air transport available to G-B are ATR aircraft of the Pakistan International Airline (PIA), with only two scheduled flights per day, however turbulent weather cause cancellations on a regular basis.

Courtesy: The Express Tribune

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One thought on “Gilgit-Baltistan: Chinese help for making Gilgit-Baltistan’s airports ‘all weather’

    Javed Nisar said:
    February 13, 2012 at 2:00 am

    For sure Gilgit needs a better airport and better life for the people but I am not sure why government is asking China to help, why Pakistan can’t do that own its own. Gilgit and Hunza are amazing places in the world and Pakistani government need to focus on these areas. Also people of Pakistan need to focus on this area too, we shouldn’t be just looking at government to provide better life we should also help ourselves. I remember going to China in 1989 through Gilgit-Hunza and that time Pakistan had far better lifestyle than China and now China is way, way far better developing. People of Pakistan we need to unite and work on the development of our country. Of course Its not gonna be easy (as I say Chinese people faced a hardship form last 100 years to get to this point today) Pakistanis has to focus and do things together. God bless Pakistan.

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