The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) declared that the Skardu airport will begin operating as an international airport today (Thursday) following its elevation to international status.
In a recent tweet, the PCAA stated that the airport has been renovated in accordance with Prime Minister Imran Khan's objective to enhance tourism in Pakistan.
The activities would be conducted under Visual Flight Rules (VRF) only at first, according to the CAA.
A VFR aircraft is one that is designed to fly in visual meteorological conditions (ie nice and clear weather). Clouds, heavy rain, low visibility, and other inclement weather should be avoided while flying under the VFR.
Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the Federal Minister of Aviation, announced the airport's upgrade in January 2020.
According to a report released by Dawn, the airport's upgrade included the construction of a new runway, new terminal building, apron, and other infrastructure to accommodate international airline operations.
Skardu airport, at an elevation of almost 7,000 feet, is one of the world's highest altitude airports.