Lahore, 2nd May: Authorities have issued a directive to reduce international flights amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the country.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued orders to reduce the number of international flights coming to and fro from Pakistan after an increasing number of COVID cases.
The instructions issued by PCAA say that Qatar Airways will now reduce its flights from 56 per week to 11 only and to operate 8 flights of Gulf Air as compared to 35 flights previously in a week.
Furthermore, Turkish Air is allowed to operate 3 flights in a week as compared to 21 previously, while Turk Airlines and Pegasus Airline will operate only one flight a week contrary to 4 flights previously.
The aviation authority said, “The fresh frequency for the international airlines will remain applicable from May 05 to May 20.”
In view of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Pakistan, Competent Authority on the directives of Government of Pakistan has decided to reduce/curtail flight operations of Scheduled Airlines by 80% thereby allowing only 20% of the approved schedule for Summer 2021. pic.twitter.com/gKcxHfqTsX
— Aviation Division PK (@AviDivPK) May 1, 2021
Similarly, domestic flights have also been curtailed in the country in order to control the spread of the pandemic.
As per the directive from NCOC, domestic flight operation has been reduced to 40%, where the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will operate 29 flights to Karachi, 55 to Lahore, 76 to Islamabad, and 41 to Peshawar.
To curb the spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan, Competent Authority has approved the SOPs for the International Passengers, Chartered & Private Aircraft Flight Operations to Pakistan.
SOPs will come into immediate effect and will continue to remain effective until further orders. pic.twitter.com/y50OyTkHvw
— PCAAOfficial (@official_pcaa) May 1, 2021
However, PIA will not operate flights to Quetta and Faisalabad and will continue to operate 11 flights to Sialkot, 17 to Multan and 4 to Turbat.
According to directions, Air Blue is allowed to operate one flight to Karachi, 15 to Lahore, 19 to Islamabad, and 10 to Peshawar while flights to Quetta, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Turbat have been restricted.
CAA ordered Serene Air to suspend its flights from Karachi and to operate 10 flights each for Lahore and Islamabad.
Civil Aviation Authority has directed that the following schedule will remain applicable for two weeks.
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