The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is considering the option of halting the night flight operations at all the airports across Pakistan owing to the excessive electricity charges, as per the reports of local media.
Irfan Sabir, the Air Transport and Economic Regulations Director of the CAA has written to all the international airlines asking for their comments on the issue.
They have been asked to opt for either of the two options: ” Option-1: Exercise complete night curfew whereby the operations from 2400-0600 hrs (midnight till daybreak) would remain suspended and the slots at nights would be shifted to day time operations only or surge the airline aeronautical charges by 20-25 per cent for all the airlines landing and taking off between the aforementioned hours.
As per a letter sent to the airlines, during the 145th IATA Conference at Brisbane from the 12th to the 15th of November 2019 the delegation of Pakistan led by the Director AT&ER informed all the international flights landing in Pakistan regarding the issue being faced by PCAA during the night operations.
The main issue emphasized was the phenomenal electricity charges that PCAA has to pay for managing the night operations.
It said that the charges of electricity have increased greatly in Pakistan over the span of past few years as most of the international flights reach Pakistan during the night and early morning hours that is before the sunrise.
The airlines have been asked to submit their responses by the 24th of February, which would be discussed during a meeting of the Pakistani and foreign international operators marked for 28th of February.
The letter ended by saying that the decision on either of the option for implementation would be taken for the upcoming schedule of summer 2020 on the option that would be acceptable to majority of the airlines.