NDMA notification about flights restoration cancelled

By: News Desk      Published: 11:16 AM, 29 Mar, 2020
NDMA notification about flights restoration cancelled

The NDMA notification allowing international flights operations from the national airports from April 5 has been cancelled, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) notification saying that international flights to Pakistan would resume on April 05 was cancelled an hour after its issuance following opposition from the provinces.

The NDMA notification stated that international flights would resume across the country on April 5. Pakistan had grounded all international flights till April 5 with the provision that the ban could be extended.

According to the provinces, it’s way too early and not appropriate to reopen airspace.

Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said each province’s consent was needed before this decision was made.

In the NDMA’s notification, it said flights would resume and hotels near eight airports would be converted into quarantine centres.

The decision was made to allow Pakistanis stuck abroad to come back.

But the notification was cancelled and a memo was sent to all four provincial chief secretaries and the chief commissioner of Islamabad.

Pakistan has also stopped domestic flights in a move to curb the spread of the coronavirus. As of Saturday night, the tally of known cases had passed 1500 figure.