Govt extends flight ban till April 21

Islamabad: Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), on Thursday, announced to extend its flight ban till April 21.

According to the notification issued by CAA, the regulatory body has extended the suspension of all flight operations including domestic and international flights, till April 21 on the directions of federal government.
“Suspension of International & Domestic flight operations as effected earlier has been extended up to Tuesday April 21, 2020 at 2359 hours PST. Remaining provisions as applicable to the suspension of International & Domestic flights reflected in the previous orders remain unchanged,” read the statement issued by CAA on social media.

The flight restrictions will also apply on CM Sindh’s helicopter and various other VIP flights in other provinces.

Earlier, on April 7, CAA had barred all private planes and chartered flights of international origins from entering Pakistan. However, cargo and special flight operations carrying essential goods, medical supplies, flights of diplomatic nature, have been exempted from this ban along with PIA’s flight operation directed towards rescuing Pakistani nationals stranded abroad.

The CAA has reported a loss of Rs 3.6 billion in the month of March due to suspension of flight operations as part of government’s effort to curb the virus spread.