Pakistan’s government plans to hire external companies to manage eight airports

The Pakistani government has opted to entrust the management of eight airports through a phased outsourcing approach, as communicated by Advisor to the Prime Minister on Aviation, Farhat Hussain Shah, during a Senate session on Tuesday.

Originally intending to outsource operations at Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi airports, the government has now extended the scope to encompass eight airports in total.

The outsourcing procedure will unfold gradually through an open bidding process. The Aircraft Owners and Operators Association of Pakistan (AOOA) had earlier expressed opposition to the government’s decision, deeming it “unilateral” and asserting a lack of adherence to PPRA (Public Procurement Regulatory Authority) rules.

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