The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is planning to start a helicopter service for tourists to make beautiful mountains, picturesque valleys, and rivers accessible in a short time.
KP Minister for Sports and Tourism Muhammad Atif Khan informed media on Tuesday that they were in talks with private companies to initiate the service in far-flung tourist destinations in KP.
He said the initiative will not only allow people to enjoy the aerial scenes of the tourist points but will also make it easier for tourists (especially) from Lahore and Islamabad to access tourist places of the province. He added that the service will also facilitate foreign tourists.
Khan said he was hopeful that the agreement will be signed soon.
“The service will initially be launched for Swat, Kalam, and Chitral,” Atif said, adding that it will be expanded gradually.
The senior KP minister said that it will decrease the 14-hour distance from Punjab to Chitral to just two hours.
He was hopeful that the service will help promote tourism in the province.
It is worth mentioning here that KP government has earmarked a record Rs. 20 billion for a total of 75 schemes in sports, tourism, culture and youth affairs in fiscal budget 2019-20.