The federal cabinet has taken the decision of giving Regular Public Transport License (RPTL) to the newly launched Liberty Air Limited, owned by Mian Amer Mehmood, prominent educationist and media mogul.
Mian Amer Mehmood also owns the media group Dunya News, which recently went through mass downsizing and salary cuts owing to “revenue collapse”, consequently leading to the resignation of prominent anchor Doctor Moeed Pirzada. This revenue collapse was attributed to the PTI government rolling back government-funded advertisements.
Fawad Chaudhry, the Information Minister told journalists on Thursday that the cabinet meeting headed by the Prime Minister Imran Khan, took the decision for approving the issuance of a charter license to Liberty Air.
Liberty Air is among the first five airlines that had filed for a license to do operations in Pakistan this year.
Airline troubles in Pakistan
Other than Liberty Air, four other airlines including Air Sial, Afeef Zara Airways, Askari Air and Go Green Airways have secured an RPT.
The aviation industry in Pakistan currently has 3 active operators: PIA, Airblue and Serene Air. Shaheen Air, which was the largest private airline in Pakistan at the beginning of 2018, is currently not operating because of financial troubles.
The volatility of the airline industry is shown in the fact that many new entrants fail within a few years with recent examples being Bhoja Air and Air Indus, while even established names such as Shaheen Air can collapse because of a difficult aviation policy in Pakistan.
More about Mian Amer Mahmood
Born on July 25 1960, Mian Amer is now noted businessman and politician. He comes from an Arain family and has links to both business and politics.
In addition to the Dunya Media Group and Liberty Air, Mian Amer Mehmood owns Punjab Group of Colleges, Allied Schools, University of Central Punjab and CUST. He has also been active in local politics and was the City Nazim (Mayor) of Lahore from 2001 to 2009.
Mian Amer graduated from the Punjab University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) in the 1980s and ventured into the education sector establishing the Punjab Group of Colleges.
He was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2012 for his public service in Pakistan.