Karachi, October 17, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan International Airlines announced its first schedule flight PK 640 leaving Islamabad at 10:00 AM landing Saidu Sharif at 10:40 AM. The return flight PK 641 from Saidu Sharif on the same day will take off at 11:00 AM to reach Islamabad at 11:40 AM on November 5, 2012. PIA spokesman said here on Wednesday.
To begin with PIA will be operating once a week flight on Mondays. In 2007, PIA had closed down its Swat operations due to terrorism and law and order situation in the region. The flight is being restarted after a period of five years as the area has been made safe for travel and accessible for tourists and holiday travelers from Pakistan and abroad. PIA spokesman added.
Swat is a valley inhabited for over two thousand years. Now an administrative district of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa near Durand line – the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The capital of Swat is Saidu Sharif, but the main town in the Swat valley is Mingora. With high mountains, green meadows, and clear lakes, it is a place of great natural beauty and is popular with tourists as “the Switzerland of the region.”
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visited Swat Valley in 1961-1962. While, Malam Jabba – a Hill Station in the Karakoram Mountain range is 314 km from Islamabad and 51 km from Saidu Sharif Airport. Malam Jabba is home to the largest ski resort in Pakistan with a ski slope of about 800m with the highest point of the slope 2804 m (9200 ft) above sea level. Malam Jabba Ski Resort was the joint effort of the Pakistan government with its Austrian counterpart. The resort was equipped with modern facilities including roller/ice-skating rinks, chair lifts, skiing platforms, telephones and snow clearing equipment.
For more information, contact:
S. Sultan Hasan
General Manager, Public Affairs
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)
Tel: +9221 9904 0000
Fax: +9221 3457 2225, 3457 0419