AirSial will launch its flight operations in Pakistan from December 2020, which were delayed this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak suspending aviation operations worldwide.
The new airline is working to streamline its operations which includes the process of hiring and training staff whereas the management has obtained all regulatory approvals from the concerned authority and the ministry.
The airline was supposed to receive aircraft from various airlines earlier this year however the pandemic postponed the preparatory process, delaying its planned launch in May this year. Three aircraft will arrive in Pakistan for AirSial in November this year, a month before its formal launch.
The new airline will acquire Airbus (A320) aircraft on dry lease from airlines based in New Zealand and South Africa for two years at an estimated cost of $90 million.
It is expected that aviation operations will return to normalcy by December and the new airline will carry out its flight operations from different cities of the country.
The flights will be operated on a weekly basis from the designated airports and the frequency will be enhanced as per demand on a particular route.
AirSial is owned by the business community of Sialkot, which also built its separate airport in the city mainly to facilitate trade and tourism with different countries. The carrier has 200 owners and board members.
After the closure of Shaheen Air, there is a gap in the local market which is expected to be filled by new airlines such as AirSial in the coming months. The airline will facilitate the growing trend of local tourism within the country.