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The proximity is too close to any potential IAF activity on the other side of the border in a routine basis.

Same case as Lahore and Chaklala. Only in war time, fighters are stationed there as deterrence.

Otherwise it is peanuts for enemy ground based radars to pick up air and ground activity on these bases.
This can also be true for IAF as well. that their bases and air activity can be monitored by PAF radars as well from Skardu or even from Gilgit.
 

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Two runways fully operational .. 3rd is WIP?

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Wow - Skardu may end up having more runways than many of the current largest PAF airbases it seems (there is value in redundancy of runways during hot tempo- operations especially with the proliferation of cruise missiles ).
 

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Wow - Skardu may end up having more runways than many of the current largest PAF airbases it seems (there is value in redundancy of runways during hot tempo- operations especially with the proliferation of cruise missiles ).
More like civilian projects are subsidizing it.
Skardu Airport is being upgraded to make it an international Airport. Actually much like the old Rawalpindi airport
Runaways are going to be used by both civilian and PAF.
S-1 road project is also a good example on benefits for both of civil and military needs.
Next they should push for Gilgit-shandur-chitral road for redundancy in civil, military and cpec needs
 

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@Hodor
Skardu has had a stroke of bad luck in the past as PIA has operated flights on & off over the years with...
F27 & B737-300's in the past.
ATR-42's past few years.
Most recently the a320's.

Reasons could one of many...
Not enough load to operate flights.
Not enough aircrafts in fleet to operate flights. Possibly AOG.
Local Government interference.
Typical bureaucracy & PIA goof-ups.

[not sure if anyone would risk flying a freaking wide-body a/c at that airport]

Another issue with Skardu are VFR Operations which means that it all depends on clear weather - similar to Kathmandu (Nepal).

Note: A very senior Capt. in flydubai told me that Skardu recently got a newly constructed Runway & that in addition to Skardu, another destination is being evaluated by the Pakistan CAA for approval.
 

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Gilgit, chiral, Chilas getting up gradation

Chilas can go upto 6 plus feet vs current 4500 feet runway plus all weather



Gilgit can be extended provided the park is taken over but perhaps a new site is better option

Gilgit is a small valley with greater population then skardu.
Two runways fully operational .. 3rd is WIP?

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work on the 3rd one is going on. Its going to be a IFR runway and the longest of all....
 

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Gilgit, chiral, Chilas getting up gradation

Chilas can go upto 6 plus feet vs current 4500 feet runway plus all weather



Gilgit can be extended provided the park is taken over but perhaps a new site is better option

This can also be true for IAF as well. that their bases and air activity can be monitored by PAF radars as well from Skardu or even from Gilgit.
have heard that the new runway being made would be IFR
@Hodor
Skardu has had a stroke of bad luck in the past as PIA has operated flights on & off over the years with...
F27 & B737-300's in the past.
ATR-42's past few years.
Most recently the a320's.

Reasons could one of many...
Not enough load to operate flights.
Not enough aircrafts in fleet to operate flights. Possibly AOG.
Local Government interference.
Typical bureaucracy & PIA goof-ups.

[not sure if anyone would risk flying a freaking wide-body a/c at that airport]

Another issue with Skardu are VFR Operations which means that it all depends on clear weather - similar to Kathmandu (Nepal).

Note: A very senior Capt. in flydubai told me that Skardu recently got a newly constructed Runway & that in addition to Skardu, another destination is being evaluated by the Pakistan CAA for approval.










 

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