Aviation Secretary and Director General of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Shahrukh Nusrat, has asked local airlines to rationalize their fares, especially on religious occasions.
He made this statement while chairing the second meeting of the Aviation Oversight Committee at the CAA headquarters.
He apprised the air operators that as per the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, all scheduled air carriers are advised to operate 5% percent of their total seat capacity on primary routes and another 5 percent on socio-economic routes.
The RPT(s)/airline(s) that choose not to operate on the primary and socio-economic routes would compensate other airline(s) operating on these routes for the loss, if any, suffered from subject operations.
He also informed the air carriers that CAA had submitted a proposal seeking relaxation in aircraft age requirements — especially for air cargo and flying schools — as stated in Annex-G of National Aviation Policy (NAP)-2019.
The aviation body has approved these amendments, and the proposal is now with the Aviation Division for approval.
Nusrat told the participants that the seating capacity condition had been removed from NAP-2019 due to shortage of aircraft for flight operations under the Tourism Promotion & Regional Integration (TPRI) License.
CAA will now make the decisions on a case to case basis.
The aviation secretary also said that as per PM Khan’s directions, all airlines operating in Pakistan are required to use paper or biodegradable material instead of conventional plastic/polythene bags.
The meeting agreed on continuous monitoring and improvement through feedback from operators using the Aviation Oversight Committee’s platform.