US Officials visit Islamabad International Airport; Pak-US direct flights not imminent

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Officials from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a US government agency that oversees airport and air carrier security, traveled to Pakistan this week.

They visited newly-built Islamabad International Airport, viewed Pakistan’s aviation security infrastructure, and met with their Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) Counterparts.

During the visit to the Islamabad airport, representatives from the PCAA and the Ministry of Aviation highlighted the airport’s security features.

The US Embassy in Islamabad said that the visit was not a formal inspection, audit, or assessment of any specific airport, and there are no imminent plans for direct flights between Pakistan and the United States.

Secure international air travel is essential to facilitate trade and connections.  We look forward to deepening our relationship with the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority as we explore additional areas of cooperation,” the TSA Regional Director Jason Schwabel noted while speaking of his interactions in Pakistan.

The trip was organized as part of the US Mission’s ongoing efforts to strengthen economic ties between the United States and Pakistan and enhance regional connectivity.

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