Prime Minister Imran Khan has reportedly consented to resume operations on international commercial flights.
The decision was taken at a federal cabinet meeting presided over by PM Khan held in Islamabad today, according to reports.
Pakistan had closed its airspace to international commercial flights in March after the country’s Coronavirus outbreak at the end of February.
International flights will resume in three phases, with phase 1 consisting of restoring flights from the Gulf region to accelerate the repatriation of the stranded Pakistani workers and workers in the region.
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According to the Minister of Aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, during the pandemic about 57,000 Pakistanis were repatriated from 60 countries through 285 special PIA flights.
In this regard, PM Khan issued directives to the officials concerned to strictly ensure compliance with the SOPs issued by the Civil Aviation Authority ( CAA) with a view to limiting the disease transmission.
PM Khan had previously ordered to restore domestic flight operations after almost 2 months of suspension to facilitate passengers on Eid-ul – Fitr, on 16 May.