First PIA Air Safari flight takes to skies with 91 passengers on board


ISLAMABAD, June 19 (DNA): Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) launched
on Saturday its Air Safari flight to boost tourism in the country.

According to details, the airline’s first scenic Air Safari flight took
off from the Islamabad International Airport with 91 tourists, including
foreign nationals from as many as 13 countries, on board.

Minister for Power Hammad Azhar was also among the tourists abroad the
inaugural Air Safari flight that flew over the country’s breathtaking
snow-capped peaks, including K2, Nanga Parbat and Broad Peak before
landing in Skardu.

Named after the prominent mountaineer Ali Sadpara, “Sadpara Air Safari”
will operate every Saturday from the Islamabad airport and its one-way
fare will cost Rs25,000.

Back in 2018, the national flag carrier had announced to launch Air
Safari service. However, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had put
on hold its planned commercial launch of the Safari flight, days after
reportedly announcing the service due to operational difficulties.

In order to boost tourism, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) last week
had issued TPRI (Tourism Promotion and Regional Integration) license to
a newly launched private airline named North Air. DNA