For better management and improved services, the federal government is considering to outsource three major airports of Pakistan. During the federal cabinet meeting, this matter was discussed. Federal ministers and divisions considered outsourcing the management of three biggest airports of the country i.e. New Islamabad International Airport, Allama Iqbal International Airport (Lahore), and Jinnah International Airport (Karachi).
Due to the poor conditions especially at the international terminals, the Aviation Division proposed the outsourcing of these airports.
It was back in July that this matter came up when the government was working tirelessly towards the tourism policy. But when the aviation division failed to finalize the details, the suggestions fell midway.
Now it is reported that the government is working on a comprehensive policy to improve international terminals at airports. This will be done by taking all the stakeholders and technical experts on board. It is thought that outsourcing will help in improving the facilities in all the international terminals which is essential to promote tourism, investment, and the overall image of the country.
An Arab country might be UAE or Qatar would be given the contract to run the business at the terminals of these airports. It would be given for a period of 3 years. It is pertinent to mention here that only one private company is running the affairs of Sialkot International Airport. All other airports are controlled by the Civil Aviation Authority.