Aviation policy to offer more business opportunities


KARACHI:

The ease of doing business and the reduction of business costs have been guaranteed in the national aviation policy, which is expected to open up many business opportunities, promote tourism through improved regional connectivity and prove favorable to the economy, said Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Director General Khaqan Murtaza.

During a visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), he said: “We are open to all kinds of suggestions and criticisms so that we can further improve the services offered by CAA.

Murtaza added that the authority is making every effort to improve and further develop airport infrastructure, including new helipads, modernization of passenger lounges, flight kitchens, expansion of cold rooms, etc.

CAA Director of Air Transport and Economic Regulation Irfan Sabir during a presentation on “Aviation’s Contribution to Promoting Global, Regional and National Tourism,” said a total of 44 Airports existed across the country, of which 27 were operational while six airports were downsized and the remaining 11 airports were closed for non-activity.

He said that in January 2019, the Prime Minister requested the Aviation Division / CAA to critically and comprehensively review the NAP to support the aviation and air transport industry in Pakistan.

He explained that paid-in capital and security deposits had been reduced by nearly 50% while land lease rates and rents had been significantly streamlined to reduce the cost of doing business.

“In order to facilitate business, the age parameters of aircraft have been relaxed, regulations on paid-up capital have been streamlined and the validity of licenses has been extended from one to two years,” he added.

The Director of Air Transport revealed that the Tourism Promotion and Regional Integration (TPRI) license was introduced under NAP 2019 and three licenses have been issued so far which included adventure tourism. , religious and medical.

He said the business community could come forward to help develop air operations, helipads, hotels / lodges, lounges, storage facilities and related tourism related services. “The integration of aviation with the business community will help promote tourism, besides presenting the true sweet image of Pakistan.”

Also speaking on the occasion, KCCI President Mr. Shariq Vohra stressed the need to develop, modernize and expand the Jinnah terminal in Karachi.

Posted in The Express Tribune, July 7e, 2021.

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