Pakistan Resumes International Flight Operations

May 30, 2020by hoMusk34
On March 21, Pakistan discontinued all international flights for 2 weeks because of the spread of coronavirus disease. Later, in line with national strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the government extended the suspensions of international and domestic flight operations until April 30.
In that time, however, the National flag carrier, the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) conducted relief flights in order to relocate stranded Pakistanis. Partial domestic operations were resumed on May 16. This limitation has caused a loss of trillions of rupees for both the CAA and the PIA.
Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has declared the re-opening of restrictions imposed on 21st March on Friday. All the domestic and international airlines have been allowed to start flying between Pakistan and anywhere else around the world.

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Abdul Sattar Khokhar, speaker of the Aviation Division, in a statement said that “The outbound international flights (scheduled and unscheduled), as agreed by the federal government, have been permitted starting from Saturday, midnight”.
He also added that all national and international airlines, with the exception of Gwadar and Turbat, would be permitted to operate from all international airports in Pakistan.
“SOPs for international outbound flights have been released. All the airlines will be required to obey the SOPs of destination country. Therefore, aircraft disinfection will be ensured and no congestion at airports will be permitted”.
According to PIA spokesperson, Abdullah Hafeez Khan, the airline may operate flights but the relaunch of international flights depends on other countries and their pandemic policies.
“Countries like UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have ended lockdown. China is also closed and in Malaysia, only permanent residents are permitted to travel. The rest of the operations depend on travel restrictions in the other concerned countries,” he said.