The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will partially resume the flight operations at Peshawar’s Bacha Khan Airport during the night time.
The decision has been taken for the facilitation of the passengers, a well-placed source in CAA said on Wednesday, adding that the domestic flights will only be allowed to land at the airport until 9 pm.
The airlines have been directed to inform the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government and the CAA about night flights three hours before arrival.
It is worth mentioning here that the facility had been discontinued for over four years. The night flights at Bacha Khan Airport were suspended after a PIA passenger plane was fired upon in two separate incidents in 2014.
The first incident of its kind took place in June 2014 where a landing flight was shot at, killing a woman and injuring two. The second occurrence was recorded in September same year.
In November last year, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) claimed it was allowed to resume its night operations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. But an official of the aviation industry’s regulator had rejected the claim, saying no such permission was granted to the national flag carrier.
While no official announcement has come from the aviation authority, the source has revealed that the ban on night flights is likely to be lifted in March this year.
Via: The Nation