Federal Cabinet approves new Civil Aviation Policy to promote tourism

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Cabinet on Tuesday approved a new civil aviation policy to promote tourism and give boost to aviation industry in Pakistan, the Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told media persons.

While briefing them about the decisions made in the Federal Cabinet meeting which held earlier in the day with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Chair, Fawad Chaudhry told that the prime minister is paying a special attention to promote the tourism in the Country.

Fawad Chaudhry said that traveling to the tourist resorts of Pakistan will be facilitated by reducing expenditures and increasing facilities.

The information minister said that facilities including reduction in traveling expenses and cuts in taxes worth Rs 4 billion will be offered to promote tourism. He said that there will be no tax on domestic aerial travel. He said that the Cabinet also discussed to start helicopter and 40-seater planes service to the tourist sites in the Country.

The minister said that open sky policy in Pakistan is being withdrawn, and foreigners will no more need to have no objection certificate (NOC) to move in the Country.

Furthermore, he said that the Cabinet decided to review agreements with all international airlines. He said that women will be encouraged to become pilots and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will contribute up to four hundred thousand rupees in fee for the purpose. He said that the duration of license of pilots has been increased to five years.

Fawad Chaudhry said that a new visa regime has already been introduced under the Prime Minister’s vision to promote tourism. He said that E-Visa facility is being provided to five Countries including the Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom. He said that the people from 58 Countries can get visa on arrival while 170 other Countries will be given E-visa facility.