CAA curtails inbound international flight operations to 20% from 5th

F.P. Report
KARACHI: Owing to the prevailing COVID-19 situation across the globe and with the view to curb the spread of the disease in Pakistan, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority, upon the directive of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), curtailed inbound international flight operations to 20% of actual Summer – 21 Schedule to Pakistan with effect from May 05, 2021 and extended up to July 15, 2021.
International inbound flights were enhanced to 40% only for direct flights from UK, Canada, Europe, Malaysia and China with effect from July 01, 2021. However, it has come to our notice that foreign air carriers operating to/from Pakistan are over-booking passengers on flights operated to Pakistan from across all international destinations in their route networks on the presumption that enhanced quota will be authorized from next revision of our NOTAM.
These over-bookings are being cancelled on the pretext that Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has revoked flight authorizations thereby pinning the blame on Pakistan CAA.
This is to inform the general public at large and our esteemed Embassies & Missions abroad in particular that Pakistan CAA has not revoked/cancelled any flight authorization granted to foreign air carriers and the only restrictions that are currently enforced have been applicable since May 05, 2021.
In the meantime, neither has Pakistan CAA relaxed such COVID-19 restrictions nor has Pakistan CAA committed to anything indicating that international inbound flight restrictions may be eased at a certain point in time.
The excuse of cancelling already booked, confirmed flights/seats owing to flight approval revocation by Pakistan CAA is untenable and Pakistan CAA, currently, has no intervention either in over-booking of passengers on flights operated from outside Pakistan or cancellation of these flights to Pakistan.
The sole responsibility of such commercial rescheduling/cancellation of flight operations to Pakistan rests solely and completely on concerned foreign air carriers.
Pakistan CAA has taken a strict notice of this wrongdoing by foreign air carriers leading to public discomfort and inconvenience for our esteemed travelling public and Pakistan CAA reserves the right to initiate any and all necessary punitive action against these air carriers, at its discretion.