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PALPA bars pilots from operating special flights over coronaviurs pandemic

PALPA bars pilots from operating special flights over coronaviurs pandemic
April 5, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Pakistan Airline Pilots’ Association (PALPA) on Sunday stopped pilots from operating special flights over safety issues regarding the coronavirus pandemic. According to a statement, the PALPA said that the COVID-19 related SOPs have been ignored. “It has come to our notice that on recently operated humanitarian flights safety has been compromised and COVID-19 related SOPs have been ignored,” it said. The circulation reads that the safety and health of crew members remain an utmost priority and PALPA will not compromise on the safety of its members. “The safety and health of our crew members has always been and remains our utmost priority. PALPA will in no circumstances compromise on the safety of its members,” it added. On the other hand, Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) international flight operations are partially restoring as a special flight carrying 327 passengers left for London on Saturday night, after the strict screening of the passengers at the health desk at the airport. The PIA’s spokesperson said that another flight will leave for London today from the Islamabad airport. It may be noted that the PIA was allowed to operate eight special flights for London and Manchester.