Pakistan relaxes aviation rules to assist Serene Air and Airblue in international operations
- Pakistan has relaxed the National Aviation Policy for Airblue and Serene Air.
- The purpose of the move was to help the airlines commence/pursue international operations.
The federal government has approved to relax the National Aviation Policy (NAP-2019) to facilitate private airlines Airblue and Serene Air.
Earlier this month, the Aviation Division proposed the federal cabinet to relax Article 4.5 of National Aviation Policy (NAP)-2019 in favor of Serene Air and Airblue.
The step was taken so that the carriers may be permitted to commence/continue international flight operations.
The division had also sought approval for the designation of Airblue and Serene Air to all states with whom Pakistan shared Air Services Agreements (ASAs).
Consequently, the federal cabinet considered the summary submitted by the Aviation Division and approved the proposal accordingly.
It is relevant to mention that Pakistani scheduled carriers must function on socio-economic and primary routes under Article 4.5 (a) (IV) read with Article 4.4 of NAP-2019.
However, since the policy came into effect, both Serene Air and Airblue were unable to operate 5% of their capacity as per the rules required under the said article.
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