Skardu: Tourist Information Desk is established at Skardu Airport. Deputy commissioner Skardu Naveed Ahmaed inaugurated tourist information desk at Skardu airport today. He said that foreign and local tourists will be guided. Brochures will be provided to tourists to guide tourist places of Skardu , hotels and other. He said that district administration are working on different projects to boost tourism in the region. The establishment of information desk is one of them. DC Skardu said that they will continue to facilitate tourists in Skardu.
District administration’s effort is appreciated by tourists. But many local and international tourists said that beside this initiative, the flight must be regular between Islamabad and Skardu. Another tourist from Lahore said that a flight service must be operated from Lahore to Skardu, so that tourists from across Punjab can visit Skardu easily. He said that the flight charges are too high but still not regular and unpredictable. This is one of the biggest hurdle in promoting tourism in Skardu Baltistan.
A local resident said that the airport of Indian Leh Ladakh is all weather, but Skardu airport is not due to lack of resources. In this 21st century it can be functional for all weather. But government is not interested in developing the airport. PM Pakistan already announced to make Skardu airport an international airport but it is not still all weather for local flights. Passengers in past protested many times at Islamabad airport. Even Tourism minister GB once protested when a flight was cancelled without any reason at Islamabad airport. Later his protest gone viral due to his misbehavior with CAA staff. These are some of the issues passengers are facing while travelling from Islamabad to Skardu, he said.
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