CAA allows all airlines to conduct ferry flights

By: News Desk      Published: 11:39 AM, 22 Mar, 2020
CAA allows all airlines to conduct ferry flights

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has allowed all the airlines to carry out ferry flights.

A Turkish Airlines ferry flight, TK-715, took off from Lahore Airport on Sunday morning.

On Saturday, Pakistan announced it was suspending for a fortnight all international passenger flights into and out of the country in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus. "We are suspending international flight operations effective tonight at 8:00 pm (1500 GMT)," the prime minister's special assistant on national security, Moeed Yusuf, told an Islamabad news briefing. 

"No international flights will be allowed to land in Pakistan for two weeks."

Yusuf said a few flights already en route to Pakistan would be able to land Sunday morning, adding that diplomats coming to Pakistan as well as cargo planes would be exempted.

According to Yusuf, the suspension will "certainly create problems", as Pakistan was expecting more than 200,000 passengers, including tourists, by end of March.