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New beginnings: After six years of closure, Saidu Sharif airport ready to become operational
By Fazal Khaliq
July 12, 2012
https://tribune.com.pk/story/407078...u-sharif-airport-ready-to-become-operational/


SWAT: After almost six years, the Saidu Sharif Airport in Swat has been renovated and is ready to re-open. Established in 1978, the airport, which handled two daily flights from Islamabad and Peshawar, was closed during militancy in Swat valley.

“The airport has been renovated and we have informed PIA. The service will resume as soon as they provide us a flight schedule,” Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Public Relations Officer Pervez George told The Express Tribune on Wednesday. Authorities say about 1,000 people from Swat travel abroad every day. Most of them used to take a flight from Saidu Sharif to catch their international flights.

Ahmad Shah, a travel agent, explained that travelling via road is cumbersome because of the high number of check points. “The passengers end up missing their flights. So to avoid such a situation, they normally leave ahead of time and stay at hotels. This not only wastes time but also costs more.”

Majority of the business commodities, he added, are imported to Swat from Punjab. For this, traders and business communities have to travel 12 hours by road, which is both time-consuming and risky. “As many as 14 buses carrying businessmen and traders daily travel to Lahore. But often, they get robbed on the way. The business community is facing a tough time due to the grim situation of security and delay in transportation,” he added.

The owner of another travel agency, Zahir Shah, said, “There is dire need of air services from Swat to Lahore.” He said that as Lahore has an international airport, other business communities working abroad will prefer the route for foreign travel. Tourism is considered to be the backbone of the economy in Swat, but deteriorating roads and issues of insecurity has reduced the number of tourists to half. “Majority of tourists visit Swat from Punjab and Sindh. They have to travel on rough roads. The airport will ease their burden and boost tourism in the region,” Shah added.

The valley is one of the largest producers of fruit but according to Fruit and Vegetables Association Swat, half of their harvest goes to waste owing to slow transportation. “As we have no freezing facilities for storing fresh fruit, half of the stocks get wasted. An air cargo service will benefit local farmers and dealers,” Zamin Khan, a fruit dealer, said.
 

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After a five-year hiatus, PIA resumes flights to Swat
By Our Correspondent
October 11, 2012
https://tribune.com.pk/story/407078...u-sharif-airport-ready-to-become-operational/

MINGORA: In a sign that country’s most-popular tourist destination is back in business, the national flag carrier touched down on tarmac in Swat, after a five-year-long hiatus. A Pakistan International Airlines aircraft landed at Saidu Sharif airport in Swat in Wednesday, resuming the airline’s operations in a region reclaimed from militancy.

The airport was shut for all flights after militants took over the Swat valley in 2007. The airline flew in its top management, including Managing Director Junaid Younas, in an ATR aircraft. Additional Commissioner Malakand Division Aminul Haq, District Officer Revenue Niaz Khan and Manager PIA Swat welcomed the incoming passengers upon their arrival.

The managing director paid rich tributes to the security forces and the Civil Aviation Authority for repairing the airport, and reopening it. Younas said PIA will operate two flights a week, starting October 28. The administration will resume flights between Swat and Islamabad, and gradually extend services from Saidu Sharif to other cities of Pakistan, he said.

The airline will attempt to fix a reasonable fare for residents of the valley, he added.
 

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It appears PIA quietly dropped the idea of Swat. On top of it, I don't see any major renovations having taken place as well.

PIA to soon restore its flights to Saidu Sharif: PTDC
Fawad Maqsood
24 March 2017
https://www.brecorder.com/2017/03/24/340026/pia-to-soon-restore-its-flights-to-saidu-sharif-ptdc/

ISLAMABAD: Managing Director Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Ch. Abdul Ghafoor on Friday said that Pakistan International Airelines (PIA) considering to restore its flights to Saidu Sharif, Swat which would increase tourists flow to the valley.

Talking to APP, Managing Director PTDC said that people of Swat are very hospitable and ready to welcome tourists from all over the world. He said that he recently discussed the issues related to PIA flights restoration to Said Sharif and it is hoped that flights will be started soon.

Ch. Abdul Ghafoor said the Swat valley was as ‘the Switzerland of Pakistan’, where one of the oldest civilizations thrived with beautiful natural scenic spots. He said that after restoration of peace there is great movement of tourist in the area. He expressed hope that a day is not far when tourists from all over the world will prefer to visit Swat valley.

He said PTDC has three Motels and One Restaurant located in Saidu Sharif, Miandam, Kalam and Chakdara respectively these Motels and Restaurant were built for promotion of tourism when the private sector was shy to invest in this area. He said that these Motels and Restaurant are providing high standard facilities to tourists for the last many decades.
 
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