Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has suspended the flight permit for UAE-based airline FlyDubai for one day over the violation of COVID-19 protocols.
The airline had reportedly flown nine Iranian passengers from Dubai to Sialkot without taking exemption from the competent authority.
Iran falls in Category C of the CAA. To control the spread of COVID-19, the entry of Iranian passengers to Pakistan is banned. Travelers can only enter the country with prior permission from concerned authorities, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) in this case.
However, in absolute violation of the guideline, the UAE-based airline transported 9 Iranian citizens to Sialkot from the Gulf country.
“The competent authority has decided to take penal action against the airline under Civil Aviation Rules 1994 by revoking the authorization/permission issued to FlyDubai flight FZ-337 Dubai-Sialkot on June 11,” the notification said.
The Airport Manager Sialkot informed the CAA in a letter that FlyDubai transported nine Iranian national passengers from Dubai to Sialkot on Tuesday without prior permission.
This is the second such violation as the airline had in February also violated the SOPs by transporting a COVID-positive passenger to Karachi.