Three new airlines have sought regulatory approval from Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to launch operations, as reported by Khaleej Times.
The scrutiny of two airlines – Q-Airlines and Fly Jinnah – has been completed while Jet Green Airlines is still going through the process.
Following the completion of scrutiny, the applications would be sent to Aviation Division and then to the federal cabinet for final approvals, ARY News said.
Following the approvals of the three airline carriers, the total number of private carriers operating in the country will rise to six, catering to a population of 217 million.
Airblue, SereneAir and AirSial are the three airlines already operating in the country. National carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is the largest and oldest carrier in the country.
The Islamabad-based SereneAir airline operated a number of repatriation flights last year to bring back Pakistanis stranded in the UAE.
It is mandatory for new carriers to operate domestic flights for at least one year with three aircrafts before they are allowed to launch international operations.
SereneAir has already received necessary approvals from the UAE and Saudi authorities to launch commercial operations with maiden flights to Dubai, Sharjah, Jeddah and Riyadh.