The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has placed a ban on serving meals during all domestic flight operations, including chartered and private, due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country.
The CAA’s Director Air Transport issued a notification in this regard, which also directed airlines to discontinue serving hot beverages in-flight.
Meanwhile, passengers and flight crew are mandated to wear face masks throughout flight hours.
Following the CAA’s directives, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has stopped serving meals and hot beverages on domestic and international flights to minimize interaction between the crew and passengers. However, PIA will continue to serve prepackaged cold beverages during the flight.
Commenting on the development, a PIA spokesperson said that this move is in accordance with the new standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) to control the second wave of the coronavirus in Pakistan.
He explained that the passengers will be allowed to bring their own meals on board.
Meanwhile, the CAA has urged all domestic flight operators to ensure strict adherence to the SOPs. The NCOC has also directed the CAA to formulate a mechanism to monitor adherence to these health guidelines.