CAA fines Qatar Airways for flying in corona positive patient
Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has fined Qatar Airways for violation of Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) as it flew in a coronavirus positive patient, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.
Now the airline will bear all costs of patient’s treatment and quarantine expenses as well, the CAA further ordered.
1/2 Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has taken serious notice of violation of SOPs on International flight by Qatar Airlines which resulted in putting the health and safety of the passengers as well as personnel working at the Airport at risk.— PCAAOfficial (@official_pcaa) October 16, 2020
The CAA vowed to take action against such violations in future.
2/2 PCAA has imposed fine of rupees 100,000 on the Qatar Airlines. The Airline shall also be responsible for all expenses incurred on the testing of COVID-19 and Quarantine, etc.— PCAAOfficial (@official_pcaa) October 16, 2020
Earlier, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) announced a big relief for all airlines as it exempted its crews from the mandatory coronavirus test.
According to the TV channel, the PCAA also exempted crew of airlines in category-B from the coronavirus test. Now there will be no need for COVID-19 tests for category B airlines crew.
The TV channel reported that the airlines crew would have to submit a health declaration form (HDF) with all the details, the PCAA said on Saturday.
However, the PCAA said, passengers using the category-B airlines will have to provide the coronavirus test report as per the standard operating procedure (SOPs).
Pakistan has already ended the condition for COVID-19 test for crew and passengers of category-A airlines in which 30 countries are listed.