National Security Committee (NSC) limited flight operations from just three airports of Pakistan as a step to control the spread of coronavirus in the country. Now, this restriction has been lifted by the government.
Only three airports i.e Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad Airports were operating international flights as decided by the top civil and military leadership of the country on 13th March. But now from 21st March, all airports except Gwadar and Turbat will resume operations.
Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar at a news conference, flanked by PM’s Special Assistant on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan, CII Chairman Qibla Ayaz and Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, in Islamabad, said, “However, the decision has been reviewed and from March 21, all airports other than Gwadar and Turbat will resume such operations.”
The press conference presided by Prime Minister Imran Khan was organized to brief the media regarding the decisions taken during the meeting.
Sindh, K-P, Balochistan, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Punjab have 172, 15, 16, 4, 3, and 26 coronavirus cases respectively. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan is 236.
As per Sarwar, all int. flights will be disinfected for any viruses on arriving and departing from all airports. Passengers will have to go through COVID-19 tests to carry out air travels from now onwards.
Furthermore, the aviation minister said that the local passengers will be screened as well for coronavirus. The religious congregations in the country will be limited as announced by the Religious Affairs Minister Qadri.