RAWALPINDI : PIA Pakistan International Airlines has stopped serving ‘hot drinks’ on domestic and international flights to restrict connections between passengers and crew, as only pre-packaged cold drinks can be served to passengers.
The change was part of the updated Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to restrict the contact between the cabin crew and passengers owing to a rise in cases involving Covid19, a PIA spokesman said.
He said that passengers will be served on domestic flights with a pre-packaged box of cold beverages instead of tea or coffee.
Face covers and masks are obligatory for passengers flying by PIA to verify the spread of Covid19, like all major airlines.
The PIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) approved the improvements to the meal service that came into effect on Nov 16, according to reports.
In both fields, tray service could be discontinued automatically based on the shift in meal service. Only cold drinks will be served in domestic factories, as no tea or coffee will be served, the PIA agreed.
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia market, the airline agreed to serve snacks, club sandwiches, chicken patties, a banana and muffin, but no tea or coffee would be offered.
Sandwiches, chicken patties, one banana and a biscuit will be served at the return flight club.
Similarly, only snacks are served on flights to Kabul and the Gulf.
The Far East and YYZ (Canada) menu will be included in the box service as per food plan, whilst the chartered flight box service will be used in the UK and CDG (Paris).
As part of precautionary steps and to minimise contact between travellers and crew members, improvements in the meal service in various sectors have been made.