According to GB Chief Secretary Mohyuddin Ahmed Wani, the first international flight from Dubai is set to land at Skardu airport on August 14. Skardu airport is the only one in northern Pakistan with the capacity to handle larger airplanes, as Gilgit and Chitral airports have shorter runways unsuitable for long-haul flights.
In December 2021, former Prime Minister Imran Khan declared Skardu airport as ‘international,’ but international flights couldn’t operate due to the lack of a proper re-fuelling facility. However, now arrangements have been made, and the fuel facility is expected to be inaugurated on August 11.
The Civil Aviation Authority also clarified that passengers traveling to Skardu don’t need polio vaccination cards. They advised travelers to check the health policies, especially polio vaccination policies, of the countries they plan to visit and to be cautious of unverified online offers.