Federal cabinet approved revised air services agreement (ASA) between Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to strengthen bilateral cooperation at air and transportation bases, learned Pakistan Today.
Under the revised ASA, Saudi Arabian airlines to Pakistan will be allowed to transport passengers from Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Islamabad, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Multan, Gwadar, Panjgur and Turbat, while Pakistani airlines will be allowed to transport passengers from international airports to KSA.
Designated airlines of the two countries will be permitted to use the airspace of the two countries without landing the aircraft. Likewise, airlines of both countries will be permitted to land their aircraft in both countries for non-commercial purposes.
According to sources other than the public airlines, Pakistan and the KSA, as part of the revised ASA, will also allow private airlines to start international traffic.
“This revised agreement with the KSA will encourage tourism to Pakistan and the KSA,” said sources.
After approval by the federal cabinet, the two countries are expected to sign the SAA at the meeting of the Saudi Supreme Coordination Council. Prime Minister Imran Khan would attend the signing ceremony.
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It is relevant to mention that the secretary of the Civil Aviation Division, Hassan Nasir Jammy, had not included the proposals of the Ministry of the Interior, the Finance Division, the State Bank of Pakistan ( SBP), the Federal Revenue Office (FBR) and the Ministry of Defense in the final report. draft agreement, calling them irrelevant.