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Domestic Flights in Pakistan

Discover cheap domestic flights in Pakistan, including which airports to fly to and the best airlines for domestic flights.

What are the top airlines for domestic travel in Pakistan?

 

There are only a few airlines that provide scheduled commercial passenger flights as well as charter flights within Pakistan. The following is the list of Pakistan airlines operating the largest domestic flight networks within the country:

Pakistan International Airlines

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is the national airline of Pakistan. The airline is a full-service carrier, meaning passengers can choose between multiple class fares and services such as snacks/meals and complimentary baggage allowance is included. PIA flies between major cities within Pakistan, including Islamabad, Sukkur, and Lahore.

Airblue

Airblue Limited (airblue) is a low-cost carrier based in Pakistan. Its hub is at Jinnah International Airport (KHI), in Karachi. The airline flies to cities including Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, and Peshawar.

Serene Air

Serene Air is a privately-owned airline operating in Pakistan. The airline provides affordable flights, with only Economy available. Cities that the airline flies to include Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Faisalabad, and Quetta.

Askari Aviation

Askari Aviation is a low-cost airline carrier operating charter flights in Pakistan.

ASSL

Aircraft Sales & Services Ltd (ASSL) is an airline that offers charter flights around in and around Pakistan. Its hub is at Jinnah International Airport (KHI), in Karachi.

Princely Jets

Princely Jets offer charter flights to business and international clients as well as even to the royalty. Based out of Jinnah International Airport (KHI), in Karachi, the airline is the only charter flights provider in Pakistan that can currently offer flights to international destinations.

Liberty Air (Pakistan)

Liberty Air is a charter airline mainly serving the business market. It doesn't offer any scheduled flights but it's a relatively new airline based in Lahore International Airport, serving the domestic market.

What is a domestic flight?

A domestic flight can also be called a local or internal flight and is a flight that departs and flies off from within one country. A domestic flight in Pakistan will be a flight that departs from one city or airport in Pakistan, such as Islamabad, and lands at another destination in Pakistan, such as Karachi. As the flight doesn't leave Pakitan's territory, the flight will be known as a domestic flight because the departure destination and arrival destination is within the same country.

Why book domestic flights in Pakistan?

 

Pakistan is home to many busy cities, such as Karachi, the most populous city in Pakistan and the 5th most populous city in the world. Karachi has some of the tallest, ultra-modern architectural wonders that can be found anywhere in the world. 5 of the 14 highest independent peaks in the world, including K2, the second tallest mountain in the world, are in Pakistan.

Pakistan is also a large country, measuring more than 880,000 sq km. Domestic flights are a great way of getting around. Many people decide to choose to fly domestically within Pakistan because saves time as air travel is much quicker. Pakistan's national flag carrier is Pakistan International Airlines which many passengers choose to fly with due to the airline's reliable service. However, many passengers also choose to fly with low-cost airlines Airblue and Serene Air, which offer an affordable alternative.

 

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Busiest Airports in Pakistan

 

According to the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority's statistics between July 2018 and June 2019, the busiest airport in Pakistan is Jinnah International Airport handling over 6 million passengers per year. The table below shows the busiest airports in Pakistan by passenger numbers, as well as the airlines operating in Pakistan from those airports:

 

Rank Airport City Served Airlines
1 Jinnah International Airport Karachi Pakistan International Airlines,
Airblue,
Serene Air
2 Islamabad International Airport Islamabad/
Rawalpindi
Pakistan International Airlines,
Airblue,
Serene Air
3 Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore Pakistan International Airlines,
Airblue,
Serene Air
4 Bacha Khan International Airport Peshawar Pakistan International Airlines,
Airblue,
Serene Air
5 Multan International Airport Multan Pakistan International Airlines,
Airblue
6 Sialkot International Airport Sialkot Pakistan International Airlines,
Airblue
7 Quetta International Airport Quetta Pakistan International Airlines,
Airblue,
Serene Air
8 Faisalabad International Airport Faisalabad Pakistan International Airlines,
Airblue,
Serene Air
9 Sukkur Airport Sukkur Pakistan International Airlines
10 Shaikh Zayed International Airport Rahim Yar Khan Pakistan International Airlines,
Airblue

Book domestic flights within Pakistan with Alternative Airlines

Are you looking to book a local flight within Pakistan? It is easy to search and book flights through Alternative Airlines. Simply type in the cities or airports you wish to fly between in the search bar at the top of the page to compare flights on all the airlines that operate the route.

Pakistan's Domestic Flights
FAQs

Do I need to carry a passport for domestic flights in Pakistan?

This will depend on the airline you're travelling with. A form of photo identification such as Pak-Identity card or Nadra card should be enough for domestic travel within Pakistan. It's always important to check beforehand, so either contact us or the airline itself to check the airline's policy.

What ID can I use for a domestic flight in Pakistan?

Because the flight doesn't leave the country, you are not subject to border and immigration controls. Also, you aren't required to use your passport. However, you will still need a valid photo ID, so many people choose to use their passport anyway. Those living in Pakistan or have a reference with the country from out of Pakistan can use a Pak-identity card also known as a Nadra card instead of using a passport to travel domestically. You can read more about travel documents here.

What is the baggage allowance on Pakistan domestic flights?

The baggage allowance differs depending on the airline, route and fare you are travelling on. Check your specific allowance with the airline directly or on your electronic ticket, because sometimes routes and aircraft that you may be travelling on may mean the baggage allowance varies. It is also important to check the dimension restrictions of baggage so that you are not charged for excess baggage amount at the check-in.

What time do I need to check-in at the airport for domestic flights in Pakistan?

Although the check-in times will vary depending on the airline and airport you are flying with, the check-in time for domestic flights is often later than it's for international flights, as passengers normally need less time to get through the immigration and border controls at the airport.

Can I buy domestic flights in Pakistan online?

Absolutely, you can buy domestic flights in Pakistan online with Alternative Airlines. Use our search bar at the top of the page to search for flights between your two chosen Pakistani destinations and simple click search flights. You'll then be shown all available flights from all airlines and then you can choose the best airline that suits you!

Other useful Guides

If you plan on flying internally within Pakistan, you may be interested in the following guides:

Flying while wearing a hijab or burka

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