CAA takes notice of large-scale domestic flight cancellation

People seeking to travel domestically within Pakistan have been facing immense hardship and mental agony due to the cancellation of their flights by Pakistani airlines in the past few weeks.  

According to the details, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has taken notice of the large-scale flight cancellation and blamed domestic carriers for “utilizing aircraft for the conduct of international chartered operations in-lieu of scheduled domestic flights.”

As per the CAA notification, 383 out of 1,145 domestic flights have been cancelled since October 01, 2021 with a percentage cancellation of 33.4%. Out of these cancelled flights, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have cancelled 130 flights, SereneAir 117 flights, Airblue 86 flights and Airsial cancelling 50 flights.

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While taking notice of this public grievance, CAA has issued the following data on domestic flight cancellation since the start of October 2021:

The CAA notification further stated that airline operators will have to submit an undertaking to this office that domestic flight schedule will be operated with a minimum flight regularity and punctuality of 90% and 80% for international chartered flights.

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Pakistani aviation regulator also mentioned that all airline operators are also directed to submit an undertaking certifying that international chartered operations shall not be utilized at the expense of scheduled domestic flight operations.

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