RAWALPINDI: A private company in Rawalpindi has announced plans to launch Pakistan’s first air taxi service in Karachi next month. The CEO of Sky Wings, Imran Aslam, revealed that customers will have the convenience of booking the air taxi through a mobile app.
Aslam emphasized that the fare for this service will be significantly lower compared to chartered plane operators. Currently, charter services charge a minimum of Rs 2.5 million for flights between Karachi and other cities in Sindh and Balochistan.
Initially, Sky Wings will operate with eight aircraft of various seating capacities, with plans to expand the fleet in the future. The CEO expressed optimism that the air taxi service would boost tourism in the country and mentioned the underutilization of planes in Pakistan. Sky Wings already operates an air ambulance and a flight to Mohenjo-daro, in addition to offering flight training programs.
Flying Taxis in Dubai
In a similar story, Dubai has made plans to launch aerial taxis by 2026, with the approval of the country’s ruler and Prime Minister. The project is expected to commence within three years, according to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
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The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has identified key locations for “vertiports,” including the airport, downtown Dubai, and the Palm Jumeirah archipelago. The pricing for the flying taxi service is anticipated to be similar to that of a limousine, with a range of over 240 kilometers before requiring a recharge.
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