The government has decided to upgrade the Faisalabad Airport, the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) President Mian Zahid Aslam said on Thursday.
He said the governor had informed the Civil Aviation Authority managing director about this via a letter sent on November 27.
Talking to reporters, the FCCI president appreciated the governor’s directive and said that the upgrade was proposed by the FCCI during the governor’s recent visit to the FCCI.
He said that the matter would also be taken up with the prime minister during his visit to Faisalabad on December 8.
He said that direct international flights from Faisalabad and an upgraded airport were longstanding demands of the business community and the citizens of Faisalabad.
He said that Hajj flights had started to operate from Faisalabad and so it would not be difficult to start international flights by upgrading some infrastructure at the airport.
He said that along with passengers, a lot of cargo for international destinations had to be sent via Lahore and other airports.
“With direct international flights, the business, trade and industrial activities in the area will get a boost. This will give the region economic growth as well,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2012.