Three Airbus A320-200s of Air Sial — the airline launched by Sialkot’s business community — arrived at the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, from Phoenix, Arizona, early on Sunday morning via Egypt. From Karachi the aircraft were flown to their base in Sialkot where they landed at about 9.30pm.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to inaugurate the private airline on Dec 9. However, the airline’s flight operations are expected to begin later.
Air Sial, a licensed airline, is the brainchild of members of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry who launched the project after the success of their earlier initiative, the Sialkot International Airport Ltd.
Muhammad Ashraf Malik, a former president of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said by telephone that Air Sial planned to start its operations with flights to or from Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Sialkot.
The privately-owned airline was granted permission to run its operations by the Aviation Division in 2017. It also plans to launch flights to foreign destinations.