Pakistan to allow international flight operations from April 5

By: News Desk      Published: 10:26 PM, 28 Mar, 2020
Pakistan to allow international flight operations from April 5

The federal government has decided to resume international flight operations from April 5 to bring back stranded citizens from abroad as the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect overseas travel.

Pakistan had banned all international flight operations across the country and even suspended domestic travel.

According to a notification by the Prime Minister's Office, the government has allowed resumption of international flight operations at Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Quetta and Peshawar airports from April 5.

All passengers brought to the country will be screened and suspected patients will be quarantined at designated hotels.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Dr Moeed Yusuf gave a briefing on the situation at airports and borders and said that until April 4, the international airspace will remain closed. Beginning March 29, a ban on all outgoing flights will become effective till April 4, the prime minister's aide on national security Moeed Yusuf said.

Dr Yusuf had said that depending on ‘case to case basis’ if any country requests a flight to take back its citizens then it will be discussed. He had maintained that there was still a ban on domestic flights.