KARACHI: Shell Pakistan Limited on Wednesday announced to discontinue its aviation operations across the country.
In a communication submitted to Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), the company said that a meeting of board of directors held on August 17, 2022, had taken the decision to discontinue Shell Pakistan Limited (SPL) aviation operations across Pakistan.
Presently, SPL carries out its aviation related operations on the following locations: (i) Jinnah International Airport (JIAP) (ii) Quetta International Airport (QIAP) (iii) Begum Nusrat Bhutto Airport (BNB) (Sukkur) and (iv) Nawabshah Airport (WNS).
Following the expiry of the leases related to the above airports, the Pakistan Civil Aviation (CAA) has floated a joint-tender inviting participants to bid for the operations of six airports; including all four of the airports currently operated by SPL (listed hereinabove) as well as Skardu International Airport (KDU) and Gwadar International Airport (GDU).
The company said that after due consideration of a wide range of factors, including legal compliance, financial and commercial consideration, SPL had taken the decision not to participate in the tender.
SPL is committed to the safe handover of operations to the CAA and/or relevant stakeholder (as appropriate) at the airports at which it is currently operating. The final date of exit from these airports will be communicated after consultation with the CAA.
“SPL remains committed to continuing its other businesses and operations in Pakistan, which remain unaffected,” the company added.