After a go-ahead from the federal government, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) is all set to resume international flights in the country from tonight.
The Aviation Division announced this on Friday, saying that all outbound flights will be allowed to operate in Pakistan from midnight.
As per the decision of the Federal Government, the outbound international flights (scheduled, non-scheduled and charter flights) operation have been allowed with effect from 2359 hours tonight
The spokesperson of the Aviation Division, Abdul Sattar Khokhar, said that both domestic and international airlines will be allowed to operate at all airports except Gwadar and Turbat under strict safety guidelines.
SOPs for outbound international flights have already been issued according to which airlines will be required to follow the SOPs of the destination country.
In view of rising coronavirus cases, congestion at airports will not be tolerated and planes will be disinfected before and after every flight.
The resumption of international flights has come two weeks after the country allowed domestic flight operations between five major cities including, Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta, and Peshawar. The domestic flights were resumed on May 16.
The country had suspended the flight operations late in March in the wake of the novel coronavirus. As per government estimates, the aviation sector incurred losses of multibillion rupees due to prolonged COVID-19 lockdown.