FAISALABAD: The Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) will cooperate for the launch of the first national air cargo service; however, more research and development (R&D) is needed to make this project successful and profitable, said FCCI President Atif Munir Sheikh.
He was talking to Captain Syed Sarfraz Hussain, Chairman and CEO of Air Cargo Pakistan, who visited FCCI today. Atif Munir Sheikh said Faisalabad Airport is owned by the Pakistan Air Force, which is used for civilian operations courtesy of the Civil Aviation Authority. “There is no dedicated cargo terminal as arrangements are currently being made for the landing of wide-body aircraft at this airport,” he said and added that, unlike local exporters in Sialkot, ship heavy shipments and only apparel shipments are transported by air. SOS call before Christmas and New Year.
Regarding the export of perishables, he said that Kinno export is possible from Faisalabad. He asked Captain Syed Sarfraz to share the Air Cargo Feasibility Study so that investors can critically analyze its pros and cons before opting for an investment. The FCCI chairman said he had offered PIA to start a daily flight to Karachi and that the chamber would bear the losses if that happened. Similarly, we have also asked PIA to launch direct flights for Umrah from Faisalabad to Jeddah under the same terms and conditions, but PIA lacks infrastructure.
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