Pakistan International Airlines on Thursday started direct flight operations from Lahore in Punjab to Skardu in Gilgit−Baltistan.
According to the spokesperson of the national airline, the first direct flight of PIA left for Skardu from Lahore on Wednesday, April 7, with 153 passengers aboard.
The spokesman added that each week, two flights would be operated from Lahore to Skardu.
Last month, PIA had started flights to and from Saidu Sharif Airport in Swat after a gap of 17 years.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, federal ministers Ghulam Sarwar Khan, and Murad Saeed were aboard when the inaugural flight touched down in the scenic valley.
As per the PIA, the national carrier would also send two flights to the airport every week from Islamabad. It added that passengers wishing to travel from Karachi and Lahore will be connected with flights from Islamabad.