New aviation policy is on the cards and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is working on it. A top CAA official has revealed this news.
Aviation Secretary and CAA Director-General Shahrukh Nusrat said that once the policy is made it will be forwarded for approval to the Federal Cabinet.
While planting a sapling at the Jinnah International Airport, Nusrat disclosed this. He was planting a sapling under the Clean and Green Initiative started by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Furthermore he said that more facilities will be given to stakeholders under the new policy and rules will be simplified to attract foreign airlines to Pakistan.
A CAA official upon the condition of anonymity said, “The new policy will provide a level playing field for domestic airlines; it will support them at the policy level and give them an edge in procedural and regulatory matters.”
The new policy would boost the domestic airlines but no undue support will be given to them.
Adding, “That favor will not be at the cost of welfare and security of passengers.”
Afsar Malik the co-author of the National Aviation Policy 201 feels that the new policy will not be of much use.
He said, “Policy change is a good decision, but, I don’t think it will make much difference.”
Adding, “It’s because as all the bilateral air services agreements were signed before the last aviation policy, and were often blamed for unequal traffic rights.”
He said that for Pakistan to make any changes the other country also has to agree to it. Stating, “Both countries have to agree on this. One country can cancel the agreement by giving a notification one year ahead of cancellation, but that will aggravate the situation.”
If Pakistan changes its agreement with UAE, Pakistanis will suffer as Pakistanis, who travel to the UAE for jobs and business, will have to go to the Gulf state through a third country. It will be total chaos.”