The Federal Minister for Aviation and Privatization, Muhammad Mian Soomro, has said that Pakistan has upgraded its air navigation and surveillance, and the country now has a dependable and robust air transport system.
He was addressing the 27th Steering Committee Meeting of Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Program – South Asia (Coscap-SA).
On the occasion, the minister said that Pakistan fully backs and implements global policies and guidelines for safe, efficient, and viable civil aviation.
The minister said the construction of Gwadar International Airport is underway at a fast pace and that its completion will not only make Pakistan’s air transport system stronger but will also aid in economic growth.
He informed the attendants that the newly-built Islamabad Airport is the most modern Greenfield airport in the country. The minister also highlighted the expansion and upgrading work other international airports have received in recent times.
Secretary Aviation Division and Director General of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Sqn Ldr (retd) Shahrukh Nusrat, also attended the meeting.
He said that Pakistan believes in continued advancement in the field of civil aviation which reflects in country’s new aviation policy.
“Our efforts for sustained growth in civil aviation are evident from the revamping of our National Aviation Policy and the associated revitalization of governmental role in regulations,” he said.
DG CAA also emphasized that aviation authorities should not act as a regulator but also as facilitators for the progression and sustainability of the aviation sector around the globe.