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Pakistan resumes international flight operations today

International flight operations resumed in the country on Saturday after being suspended for nearly two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The relaxation, however, is only for outbound flights at the moment. No announcement for inbound flight has been made as yet.

“All national and foreign carriers are permitted to start scheduled/non-scheduled and charter operations for outbound passengers only, with effect from May 29, 2020, 1900 UTC [12am local time, Saturday] from all international airports except Gwadar and Turbat airports,” the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said.

In March, Pakistan had suspended all flight operations, both domestic and international, as the number of cases continued to rise in the country. However, limited domestic flight operations had resumed on May 16 in the country from five major airports as the country announced it was easing lockdown measures.

Flights were allowed to operate under certain standard operating procedures (SOPs) set forward by the government, such as screening of passengers at the airport, ensuring wearing of face masks and gloves.

A PIA spokesperson had said the SOPs were strictly being observed to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. It was made mandatory for the passengers to wear masks and use hand sanitisers, the spokesperson had said.

On Friday, the Civil Aviation Authority had said the decision to resume outbound flight operations in the country had been made after the federal government gave the go ahead.




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