RAWALPINDI: Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has placed a ban on serving meals during all domestic flights-chartered and private-as coronavirus cases continue to increase in the region.
Passengers and crew members were also asked to wear face masks on the flight.
Pursuant to the Authority’s Order, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has stopped serving hot drinks such as tea or coffee on domestic and international flights so that contacts between crew members and passengers could be limited; instead, pre-packaged cold drinks would be served during the flight.
According to PIA, this change is part of the latest standard operating procedures (SOPs) provided by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) in the second wave of the virus in Pakistan, but passengers will be able to carry their own meals if they wish.
All domestic flight operators have been asked to ensure strict adherence to SOPs; the NCOC has also instructed CAA to ensure that a proper system is placed in place to track whether these health recommendations are being enforced.
The Airport Security Force (ASF), airport management, airline management, flight crew and CAA were also advised to organise and collaborate effectively in this regard to deter further spread of coronavirus.
The second wave of the virus will be constrained if SOPs are applied in true letter and essence and all the authorities involved are united to make it possible.