Pakistan has a fairly well developed network and infrastructure for domestic and international air travel. The capital city of Islamabad and all provincial capitals have International standard airports. Besides, small sized airports exist in many major cities. A number of domestic and international airlines operate daily flights between major destinations in Pakistan and other parts of the world. Besides, regular flights are operated by several domestic and international careers between different destinations within Pakistan.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is the national career of Pakistan and one of the oldest airlines in the world. PIA operates daily flights to major destinations in the world and multiple flights to destinations within Pakistan. To learn more about PIA and its flight operations please visit their website www.piac.com.pk
PIA connects some of the most remote destinations in Pakistan
The other domestic airlines with their operational hub in Pakistan are Airblue (www.airblue.com) and Serene Air (www.sereneair.com) and Shaheen Air
Following is a list of other airlines flying regularly between different destinations in Pakistan and other cities in the world. It is highlighted that this list is neither definitive nor conclusive as flight operations and flight schedules are susceptible to frequent changes due to airlines sharing flight routes, passenger exhange programs and joint operations by different airlines.
Air Arabia (www.airarabia.com)
American Airlines (www.americanairlines.ie)
British Airways (www.britishairways.com)
China Southern (www.csair.com)
Easy Jet (www.easyjet.com)
Pegasus Airlines (www.flypgs.com)
Qatar Airways (www.qatarairways.com)
SriLankan Airlines (www.srilankan.com)
Thai Airways (www.thaiairways.com)
Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com)
VietJet Air (www.vietjetair.com)
Vueling Airlines (www.vueling.com)
List of Airports in Pakistan
Pakistan has a long list of airports of different sizes and capacities. Here is a list of some of the well known airports in Pakistan. The list does not cover some of the special purpose airports that are used for specialized operations like military and logistic flights and disaster and emergency management purposes.
Islamabad International Airport, Islamabad
Jinnah International Airport, Karachi
Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore
Dera Ghazi Khan International Airport, Dera Ghazi Khan
Faisalabad International Airport, Faisalabad
Gwadar International Airport, Gwadar
Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar
Multan International Airport, Multan
Quetta International Airport, Quetta
Sheikh Zaid Internaional Airport, Rahim Yar Khan
Sialkot International Airport, Sialkot
Turbat International Airport, Turbat
Maai Bakhtawar International Airport, Islamkot
Besides larger airports suitable for international flight operations there are a number of smaller airports for domestic traffic in the following cities/towns:
Dera Ismael Khan
Larkana (Moenjodaro Airport)
Agencies Involved With Air Operations
Following agencies are concerned with international and domestic flight operations in Pakistan:
Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA). Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) is a public sector autonomous agency established by the Federal Government of Pakistan through Aviation Division Cabinet Secretariat. The role of PCAA is to promote and regulate civil aviation activities and to develop an infrastructure for safe, efficient, adequate, economical and properly coordinated Civil Air Transport Services in Pakistan. The authority's core functions include "Air Navigation Services" and "Airport Operations Services" in Pakistan. To learn more about PCCA, its mission and functions you may like to visit their website www.caapakistan.com.pk.
Airport Security Force Pakistan (ASF). The main role of ASF is to safeguard "Civil Aviation Industry of Pakistan against unlawful interference adopting counter terrorism measures, preventing crimes and maintaining law and order within the limits of airports in Pakistan". The main function of ASF is to ensure security and protection of all airports in Pakistan at all times including lounges, passenger areas, parked aircrafts, runways and landing strips and areas surrounding the airports. ASF has the authority to search any individual and vehicle within the limits of airports without a search warrant. ASF may arrest any individual without prior warrant should such person pose a security threat to other passengers, buildings, installations, equipment and aircrafts within the limits of airports in Pakistan. To learn more about the role, functions, authority, jurisdiction and methods of ASF you may like to visit their website www.asf.gov.pk.
Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Federal Investigation Agency is a federal law enforcement agency in Pakistan and is responsible for providing entry/exit control and immigration service at all airports of Pakistan. The agency works in close cooperation with other law enforcement agencies to control entry into and exit out of Pakistan with a view to safeguarding territorial integrity of Pakistan against unwanted and illegal intruders and people on prohibition list to leave the country. The agency maintains Exit/Entry Control Lists (ECLs) of individuals who are not allowed to exit or enter Pakistan without further permissions. To learn more about the role and functions of Federal Investigation Agency you may visit their website www.fia.gov.pk.
Pakistan Customs. Pakistan Customs is a subsidiary organization of Pakistan's Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) with the role to regulate the flow of goods and services into and out of Pakistan by implementing import and export control regulations. Customs Desks located at all international airports in Pakistan provide service to outgoing and incoming travelers in meeting their obligations with regards to declaring baggage/goods that are liable to customs duties and fees and prevent importation/exportation of goods on the prohibited list. To learn more about the role and functions of Pakistan Customs you may visit FBR's website www.fbr.gov.pk.
Anti Narcotics Force (ANF). The role of Anti Narcotics Force is to prevent importation and exportation of narcotics and contraband drugs into and out of Pakistan. Anti Narcotics Force Desks operate at all international airports in Pakistan with the objective of preventing narcotics flowing into and out of Pakistan. The agency works in close cooperation with customs and immigration authorities to ensure unhindered passage of travelers at the same time thwarting the risk of narcotics smuggling into and out of Pakistan. ortation of goods on the prohibited list. To learn more about the role and functions of Anti Narcotics Force you may their website www.anf.gov.pk
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