On Tuesday the federal cabinet has given approval to the New Aviation Policy 2019 in a meeting that was led by the Prime Minister—Imran Khan. This would be the start of the new Fair Sky aviation policy and the end of the open sky policy for the Pakistan Aviation.
After the meeting, certain aspects of the policy were highlighted by the Information Minister—Fawad Chaudhry.
He said that Pakistan International Airlines suffered immensely owing to the open sky policy as a number of profitable routes were left in favor of international airlines. The new policy would help in reviving the national carrier. He informed that agreements with international airlines would also be reconsidered.
The minister told media that now one could import up to 30-year-old-plane for the cargo operations. Earlier, one could import only a 12-year-old plane. He further added that the passenger aircraft up to 18 years in age could also be imported.
The cabinet has also elevated the restriction on the construction of high-rise buildings in the federal capital. The decision has been taken after the consent of CDA and PCAA. No NOC would be needed for the making of high-rise buildings in the commercial areas of the federal capital.
The Civil Aviation Authority has also reduced the taxes. A special grant has been given for supporting the female pilots in getting their license and training.