First flight of PIA’s Air Safari leaves for Skardu
The newly launched PIA’s AIR Safari has taken its first flight to skies on Saturday (today).
Air Safari took off from the Islamabad International Airport carrying 91 tourist including 13 foreign nationals.
Before landing in Skardu, Air Safari flight that flew over the country’s breathtaking snow-capped peaks, including K2, Nanga Parbat and Broad Peak.
Earlier, in June, the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) announced to begin ‘Air Safari’ in the following month, in a bid to promote tourism in the country.
“We cordially invite you to be a part of this once in a lifetime experience where you will have an excellent view of the world’s highest snowy mountains that stand at the peak of nature’s magnificence,” said PIA Islamabad/ Rawalpindi District Manager Ahmed Faraz Khan in a statement.
In honour of the lost mountaineer Ali Sadpara, the service has been named Sadpara Air Safari.
The PIA flight will depart every Saturday from Islamabad International Airport and fly over K2, Nanga Parbat, Gaherbrum peaks, Deosai plains and the Saiful Maluk Lake where every passenger would have the opportunity to look at the beautiful locations from their personal window seat.
The one-hour flight would be accompanied by live commentary of a PIA captain on the basis of his in depth knowledge of the route and the peaks.
After landing at the Skardu airport, the adventure will continue as buses would take the guests to Shangrilla Hotel where they would be served hi-tea.
“The return flight would depart after two hours of arrival. It would be entirely the passenger’s decision to return on the same flight or have some more bewitching moments and return on any other flight of choice. The return flight will operate as a normal flight carrying other passengers to give flexibility of travel to our guests,” read the statement issued by PIA.