Limited domestic flight operations to resume from today

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Friday announced the government decision to partially restore the domestic flight operations at five major airports of the country including Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar from May 16 (Saturday), which remained suspended for almost 56 days due to the novel coronavirus.
“After a thorough discussion at the forum of National Command and Operation Centre with all concerned especially provincial chief executives, we have taken a unanimous decision to restore the domestic flight operations that were in suspension since March 21, 2020,” the minister made a formal announcement in a video message.
“Now, we are going to start the limited flight operations from tomorrow (Saturday) to facilitate the public,” he said, adding Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Serene Air would operate flights between the five major cities.
Initially, Sarwar said, almost 20 percent of the total pre-coronavirus flights would be operated under certain Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) including screening of every passenger with thermal gun, ensuring wearing of face masks and gloves. “The planes will fly with 50 percent seat occupancy to maintain the required social distance among passengers during the travel.” – APP