Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan will officially launch ‘AirSial’, Pakistan’s third private airline, at Sialkot on 9 December.
PM Khan will also, according to the media, address a special ceremony at Sialkot International Airport.
In June 2020, AirSial was scheduled to begin its flight operations, but due to the pandemic situation, it postponed them. However, the airline is now expected to operate its first Pakistan flight by mid-December.
In 2017, the Aviation Division allowed AirSial to conduct its operations in Pakistan, after which the PM decided to grant AirSial an aviation license while chairing a federal cabinet meeting.
AirSial received, on 27 November, the first of its three Airbus A320-200s to arrive at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, from Arizona. The airline leased them from AerCap, which is the world’s largest independent aircraft leasing agency.
The airline would initially only operate three regular flights from Karachi to Lahore and Islamabad in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Sialkot and Peshawar; three weekly flights to Sialkot; and four weekly flights to Peshawar. AirSial has plans to begin flights, albeit later, to overseas destinations.