RAWALPINDI: PIA is planning to operate direct flights from Karachi and Lahore to Skardu and Chitral in order to promote tourism in the northern areas.
A spokesman for the PIA said an Airbus flight for Skardu would take off from Karachi after making sure that the weather conditions are clear and the routine flight from Islamabad has landed in Skardu.
In case of bad weather conditions, the airbus flight will be diverted to Islamabad instead of returning to Karachi.
He said the PIA was also planning to start flights between Lahore and Gilgit.
Another flight from Lahore to Chitral may also be started in the next phase. Flight operations from Karachi to Chitral and Karachi to Gilgit are also under consideration, he added.
He said it will be for the first time that flights for Chitral, Gilgit and Skardu will be operated from Karachi and Lahore instead of only from Islamabad.