The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has suspended international flights till midnight on May 15, according to a notification issued on Sunday. The new directives come as the number of confirmed cases in the country rose to over 12,700 with 269 deaths. On April 18, Pakistan had suspended all domestic and international flight operations till April 30 in a bid to contain the coronavirus.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has cancelled all its international flights till March 28. This move comes into effect tonight at 8pm. This does not mean that Pakistani airspace has been closed and the move is to curb the spread of the noverl coronavirus, clarified PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan. He added that all flights are being cancelled and tickets will be refunded.
Saudi Arabia said Saturday it would suspend international flights for two weeks in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Saudi Arabia has recorded 86 cases of the virus so far, but no deaths, according to the health ministry. The Kingdom had already halted flights to some countries and closed schools and universities as part of measures to contain the disease.