CAA restricts airlines from serving food on domestic flights amid COVID surge

CAA restricts airlines from serving food on domestic flights amid COVID surge

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) banned airlines from providing meals on domestic flights on Thursday, amid a COVID-19 problem in Pakistan, with double-digit positivity ratios recently recorded in key cities.

The restrictions are in accordance with guidelines from the National Command and Operation Centre, the top organization in charge of Pakistan’s battle against COVID-19, according to a notice from the authorities.

According to the CAA, all stakeholders are responsible for ensuring that coronavirus safety measures are implemented.

Beginning July 21, airlines were permitted to offer pre-packaged meals.

Pakistan International Airlines stated earlier today that the usual half-liter mineral water bottle would no longer be supplied to customers.

The staff will offer passengers water in a glass upon request, according to the notice.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Tuesday issued revised restrictions for inbound international travelers as the fourth wave of COVID-19 gripped the country and the government imposed curbs to control the spread of the virus.

CAA in a letter sent to airlines operating in the country said that new restrictions will come into force from August 9.

The new SOPs include:

  • All inbound passengers aged six years or above will be required to possess a valid negative PCR test result conducted within 72 hours prior to commencement of travel to Pakistan.
  • All passengers aged six and above will undergo Rapid Antigen Testing upon arrival in Pakistan.
  • Positive-testing passengers between the ages of six and 12 years will be home quarantined under the supervision of the concerned civil administration.
  • Positive-testing passengers above 12 years of age will be quarantined at a designated facility as per procedure already in vogue.

Earlier this year, the government had revoked the condition for passengers whose RAT tests returned negative to isolate in their homes.

Previously, those testing positive were required to quarantine themselves in their homes rather than in any government facilities.

However, the rules have been revised as the CAA has made it mandatory for passengers, who test positive, above 12 years of age to quarantine at a designated facility.

“Considering the volatile nature of the COVID-19 situation, any or all arriving passengers may also be subjected to additional stipulations as mandated by the relevant health authorities upon arrival in Pakistan,” the advisory added.

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