Pakistan Announces Resumption of International Flights

Pakistan April 18, 2018. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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Stranded Pakistanis are no more required to wait for special flights ticket as the government has allowed all international airlines to resume their flight operations from June 20.

In a series of tweet, Pakistan’s Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development said that now intended travellers to the country will be able to buy tickets directly from the airlines and they don’t have to wait for a call from the consulate and the embassy for approval to buy tickets.

Initially, the international flights will only operate from Gulf countries and at later stage, other airlines will be allowed to repatriate stranded Pakistanis through normal flight operations, according to sources.

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Pakistan suspended international flights on Mach 21 to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Dr Moeed Yusuf, special assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security, said all airlines will be allowed to operate in Pakistan from June 20.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he said up to 45,000 Pakistanis per week are expected to return to the country following the ease of ban on international flights.

“We are going to resume international flights with 25 per cent capacity with effect from June 20 to accelerate the repatriation of stranded Pakistanis,” Yusuf said.

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“We are ready to facilitate stranded Pakistanis. All passengers will not be screened for COVID-19. However, passengers will have to self-quarantined at home for 14 days,” he said.

According to aviation officials, Pakistan has already allowed eight airports across the country to receive repatriation flights and more measures will be announced in due course of time to facilitate the return of overseas Pakistanis.

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