The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has finalised the National Aviation Policy 2019, after consulting with all the stakeholders. The final approval on the policy would be given by the federal cabinet.
As per the officials of the civil aviation, in the new policy, more facilities would be provided to the airlines so that better business opportunities could be given to the national air carriers.
As per sources, it has been proposed to end the CAA charges on domestic flights and decrease charges on the international flights by 25 percent. It has also been proposed on the demand of the stakeholders to increase the age limit of airplanes which are acquired on lease from 12 to 18 years.
The stakeholders have been told that more than twelve-year-old airplanes could only be used when their flying hours are not more than the defined hours. It has also been proposed that the cargo planes having 35percent or more age left would be allowed for use and a ban would be imposed on the use of such cargo planes that have lesser life left.
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It has been decided about the international investment that no change would be made in the previous policy.
As per sources, the decision to maintain the previous policy was taken owing to the reservations expressed by the national flag carrier of Pakistan, Serene Airlines and Air blue. As per the condition, the international airlines would be allowed to do business in Pakistan only with 49percent shareholding.
The new policy has suggested an increase in the validity period of the licenses both for the airline and for the cockpit and cabin crew which is from 1 to 2 years and from1 to 5 years respectively.
A new category of tourism promotion would also be introduced in the new aviation policy for promoting tourism.
According to the new policy, tree plantation would be mandatory in all the projects of CAA.
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