Pakistan International Airline resumed domestic flights over the weekend. Picture: Pakistan Int Airlines/Instagram.
Pakistan International Airline resumed domestic flights over the weekend. Picture: Pakistan Int Airlines/Instagram.

Pakistan resumes domestic flights under strict regulations

By Syed Raza Hassan Time of article published May 18, 2020

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Karachi - Pakistan resumed

domestic flights between major cities for the first time in

nearly two months on Saturday with the requirement that face

masks be worn and vacant seats left between passengers,

officials said.

International flights will remain suspended till May 31.

The first Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight

carrying 84 passengers departed from Karachi for Lahore at 1300

local time (0800 GMT), along with flights for Lahore and

Islamabad operated by a private airline, local media reported.

“In view of the difficulties faced by passengers in

traveling between major cities, the Federal Government has

allowed limited domestic flight operations from five major

airports, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta with

effect from May 16,” said a statement issued by the Aviation

Division.

Domestic and chartered flight operations will require

disinfection of the aircraft prior to boarding, at least one

vacant seat between the passengers and compulsory wearing of

masks and use of hand sanitizers. No food and beverages will be

allowed during domestic flights, the statement added.

On Saturday, the Aviation ministry released pictures of

passengers seated with a gap of a seat in the flights. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that the country

could not afford an indefinite lockdown and the nation would

have to learn to live with the pandemic.

At a press briefing along with some cabinet members, Khan

said he wanted to tell the country’s medical community that

lifting the lockdown was imperative to provide jobs to 25

million informal laborers and workers.

Pakistan has reported over 38 000 cases of infection from

the new coronavirus, and 834 deaths. 

Reuters

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