The government of Pakistan has formally approved the launch of a new private airline – AirSial in the country that is schedule to start its operation next year. The new airline is a joint venture of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Sialkot International Airport.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has given the go ahead signal to the SCCI to launch operations of new airline during a meeting with local businessmen including Fazal Jillani – Chairman AirSial. The delegation led by Usman Dar – the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs, called on the premier and Minister for Privatization and Aviation Muhammad Mian Soomro.
Prime Minister declared Sialkot as the future hub for investment and assured the community to provide additional facilities to the area. He said that the launch of a new airline would certainly create jobs and stimulate business activity in the region.
The delegation thanked the Prime Minister for extending cooperation for the launch of the airline. Meanwhile, Fazal Jillani said that the AirSial will be based in Sialkot and would become operational within the next year.
Not to mention that the local business community of Sialkot had established the Sialkot International Airport on a self-help basis. Following the establishment of the airport, the community decided in 2009 to launch an airline providing a cost-effective and reliant travelling facility to the community and others on both domestic and international routes.
The AirSial had already secured an RPT (Regular Public Transport) license from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in October 2017. The new airline plans to operate services to key destinations in Pakistan and the Middle East with three Airbus A320 aircrafts.