SKARDU, Pakistan: The worst weather conditions at Skardu Airport, one of the world’s highest airports, has halted flight operations.
Skardu Airport is located at 7500 feet high and is considered one of the tallest airports in the world. It is also known as Lifeline Airport.
The airport has experienced heavy snow fall from Sunday to Wednesday. More than 18 inch snow has been accumulated at airfield during the period.
Snow removal work from car parking area, access road, and runway and maneuvering area started on Tuesday at 09.00 hours (PST) with all available resources including one snow plough machine (Babcat) and 3 tractors. 4000 feet of runway from threshold runway 14 has been cleared till Wednesday.
The runway 14/32 is still blocked due to snow.
The local administration is also helping the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in this regard.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) has forecast a severe cold weather with light rain and light snowfall over hills in Gilgit Baltistan on Wednesday and Thursday.