Will Askari Airlines become operational during the year 2020? Official reveals details
Official says the airline won't be able to commence operations this year as it currently lacks the required infrastructure
Askari Airline has no plan of launching operations anytime soon, not at least in 2020, an official of Askari Aviation Services (AAS) briefed Profit newspaper last week.
Urdu newspaper headlines from 2018 has been making rounds on social media, stating that Askari Airline, a project of The Army Welfare Trust (AWT), would shortly commence operations for Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad. The news has accumulated social media hype due to the recent complications being faced by the national airline of Pakistan, including cases regarding fake licenses and the recent plane crash in Karachi.
However, it has also been understood that Askari Airlines management had decided, even before the coronavirus and suspension of flights worldwide that they would not be starting their operations any time shortly. Askari Air Pakistan has already received the license for airline operations. Still, the rest of the infrastructure is not yet complete for flights to go into service at the moment.
Askari Airline is one of the 5 airlines that were issued licenses in 2019 after the authorities had introduced a new aviation policy, encouraging new airlines in the country. Go Green, Liberty Air, and AirSial are some of the other airlines in the works at the moment.
AirSial was to commence operations officially from June 2020, as was reported back in February. But with economic conditions and traveling bans imposed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the airline has been forced to delay its official launch.
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