Huma Batool becomes Pakistan’s first woman chairperson of a tourism airline

Huma Batool

A Pakistani businesswoman, Syeda Huma Batool, has become the first female chairperson of Alvir Airways and the managing director of Vantage Laboratories. 

She has been awarded several acknowledgments and honorary awards regarding her services to various causes. The versatile woman is also a writer and a poetess and has a huge fondness for English, Persian and Punjabi mystic poets. 

Ms. Batool is a motivation not only for Pakistani women but for every woman across the world who wishes to contribute to society. 

According to the statement issued by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the license has been approved “in line with the vision of the honorable prime minister of Pakistan, to promote tourism and regional connectivity.” 

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As per the National Aviation Policy 2019, the license will last for a time of five years till June 2026, it adds. 

The CAA’s statement also includes a photo presenting CAA director general, Khaqan Murtaza, and other CAA officials awarding the license to Alvir Airways CEO Tehseen Awan, managing director Syeda Huma Batool and chief operating officer Capt. Shahzaib Mahmood. 

The press release further states that the airline will operate in Gwadar, Turbat, and Skardu and have hubs at Pakistan’s three major airports: Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. The new airline intends to promote tourism and enhance regional integration while facilitating residents and foreigners to explore Pakistan through safe and comfortable air transport, it says. 

Moreover, Alvir Airways aims to acquire two Embraer regional jets to start its operations and will increase its fleet by including more Embraer aircraft in the future; however, the models are still not specified. It is also to be decided when the new airline will begin operations. 

An official in the CAA’s air transport and economic regulation directorate informs the media that the airline is still to receive its air operator certificate (AOC) and that to receive its AOC the new airline will require to present its aircraft to the authority. 

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