CAA scraps social distancing rule for family members during int’l flights

By: News Desk      Published: 07:36 PM, 17 Jul, 2020
CAA scraps social distancing rule for family members during int’l flights

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has abolished social-distancing rule during the international flights for the same family members.

Now all members of a family can sit together during international travel.

The CAA has written a letter to all airports managers and airlines in this regard.

Moreover, the CAA has also relaxed rules of keeping three lines empty for emergency situation. Now the airlines have asked to keep on line empty to cope with any emergency. Now, the airlines could fill up to 70 percent seats of the plane with passengers. The airlines have welcomed the CA decision and termed it a good omen for already struggling aviation industry.

The CAA move has come one day after the Emirates airline said it was unrealistic to establish social distancing on aircraft by leaving seats empty to curb the spread of coronavirus, as the cost would be too high to bear.

"All this talk about social distancing inside the aircraft is nice," Boutros Boutros, Emirates' head of corporate communications, told a business conference in Dubai. "But... we would like to go back to normal."

"The economy of the aircraft is built on filling it, filling the seats," he said. "Having the space (empty) I don't think is going to be an option unless the passenger is willing to pay. What we wish for is one thing, but the reality is another."