Liberty Air is the newly announced airline in Pakistan that will start operations in 2019. The airline will not operate as a commercial airline, it will operate as a charter airline.
The former Sectary Aviation and ex-Chairman Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Irfan Elahi revealed that Liberty Air has received the commercial airline license. In the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the Liberty Air Limited license.
Despite obtaining the license Liberty Air has decided not to start its services immediately due to the present taxation regime. Due to the taxation regime, many airlines in Pakistan are unable to make a profit. As, on just a ticket of PKR 6000, PKR 4000 tax is collected. Thus as so much tax is cut, it is difficult for an airline to sustain
Elahi said, “Liberty now looking to obtain a license for class II charter airline. It will able to provide services to the much-needed executive and exclusive travelers in the country.”
Similarly, he informed that when he worked as the sectary aviation there were six airlines that received the Regular Public Transport License (RPTL) along with Liberty Air but none of them were able to start operations.
Now according to sources after obtaining the license, Liberty Air has to apply for a certificate called the Air Operator Certificate (AOC).