ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday allowed private aircraft flight operations at three airports, Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore.
A notification issued by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) stated that the aircraft will be allowed to operate “only subject to compliance with relevant Standard Operating Procedures”.
“The suspension of International and Domestic Operations as effected vide earlier orders along-with relevant provisions therein will remain unchanged,” stated the notification.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Senior Joint Secretary Abdul Sattar Khokhar has also confirmed the news and said the private planes can fly from Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.
The standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be ensured at all costs to stop the spread of COVID-19, he said, adding that the CAA issued NOTAM for the purpose.
“As per decision of the Government of Pakistan, the suspension of International and Domestic Flight Operations as effected earlier has been extended upto April 21, 2020 2359 PST,” read a notification from CAA the on Thursday.
The CAA had earlier specified that diplomatic, special/cargo flights and flights of the national carrier to/from Pakistan holding special approval from the competent authority for transporting stranded Passengers” would be exceptions to the ban.
Most countries around the world have suspended international travel ever since the outbreak started spreading across the globe.