Pakistan is taking measures to outsource the management of its three key airports in a bid to enhance efficiency. The decision was also made to entice direct foreign investment and ensure travelers are provided with better airport facilities.
Big changes in the country’s aviation sector
On December 30, 2022, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, gave the green light to the country’s Aviation Ministry to begin the process of outsourcing operations of Jinnah International Karachi Airport (KHI), Islamabad International Airport (ISB), and Allama Iqbal International Airport (IHL).
According to the Prime Minister’s Office of Pakistan, Sharif mandated all appropriate organizations to prioritize the outsourcing of airports and ensure accountability throughout the process.
During the meeting, the prime minister also emphasized that the outsourcing of airports is a common profit-driven practice around the world. It was told that initially, airports will be outsourced under a public-private partnership (PPP).
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