International flight operation suspended

Int’l flights grounded as Pakistan fears take off in number of corona cases

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to suspend all international flights for two weeks to limit the spread of the new corona virus as the total number of confirmed infections exceeded 600 on Saturday.

According to an official statement released on Saturday, the ban will come into effect today from 8 p.m. until April 4.

Speaking to the media, Assistance to Prime Minister for National Security  Moeed Yusuf said the decision was made at a meeting of the National Coronavirus Coordination Committee (NCC) chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday.

However, he said that some Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights currently operating in various European and other countries are allowed to return, adding that cargo flights are also exempt from restrictions.

“This temporary suspension – for two weeks – is a decision that was made after information was received from all consultants and relevant groups,” said SAPM.

In addition, this suspension does not apply to diplomats traveling to Pakistan. “The restriction only applies to passenger aircraft,” he said.


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