“Government of Pakistan has authorised international passenger and charter flights to/from all international airport of Pakistan except Gwadar and Turbat airport in accordance with restrictions/limitations for scheduled international flight operations as approved by the competent authority,” a NOTAM from the Civi Aviation Authority (CAA) issued on Friday read.
It added that slot timings as decided by the authority shall be strictly followed with sufficient separation between arrival/departures to ensure compliance with health protocols.
“Cargo, special and diplomatic flights shall continue to be authorized as per procedure in-vogue,” the CAA said, adding that authorisations granted exclusively for outbound international passenger flight operation shall cease with effect from June 24, 2020.
“All airlines/operators shall be required to adhere to the applicable respective standard operating procedures issued,” it added.
The development comes a few days after Special Assistant to Prime Minister Zulfi Bukhari had apprised the federal cabinet on the plight of overseas Pakistanis.
According to sources, Bukhari, in a cabinet meeting, said that nearly 200,000 Pakistanis overseas have become unemployed.
The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, in a Twitter post, announced the resumption of flights on all airports, except Gawadar and Turbat.
“Government of Pakistan has authorized International Flight Operations to/from All International Airports of Pakistan except Gwadar and Turbat airports, with effect from June 20, 2020,” it said.
[Breaking] Govt of Pakistan has authorized International Flight Operations to/from All International Airports of Pakistan except Gwadar and Turbat airports, with effect from June 20, 2020, 0001 PST #mophrd
— Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & HRD ?? (@mophrd) June 19, 2020