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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways and Aviation Khawaja Saad Rafique has announced plans to upgrade Sukkur and Dera Ismail Khan Airports for international flights.
Responding to a question during Question Hour in the National Assembly, he said the airport in Dera Ismail Khan will be a Green Field Project and completely a new facility in the area. He said the up-gradation work will begin as soon as reports for viability are received.
The Minister said airports should not be constructed on political basis as such practice wastes state exchequer. He said unfortunately, many airports were established in the past, which were not viable.
He said the runway of Karachi Airport is also being upgraded. He said the government is making efforts to hire small aircrafts, with a capacity of 80 to 100 passengers, on lease to reduce the loss of Pakistan International Airlines.
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