Pakistan CAA imposes heavy fine on Turkish Airlines
*The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has imposed a fine of Rs100,000 on Turkish Airlines for boarding two passengers without proof of a negative RT-PCR test of the novel coronavirus.*
As per the notification issued by the authority on Friday, the airline allowed two passengers to board its flight TK0584 from Istanbul to Lahore without proof of negative RT-PCR test.
The passengers are from Senegal, who came from Dakar and took a connecting flight from Istanbul to Lahore.
Both countries are listed as a Category B countries by Pakistan, which means that inbound passengers landing in Pakistan have to get a PCR test at least 96 hours before traveling.
Following the violation, Turkish Airlines has been fined for Rs100,000.
Any recurrent violation of COVID-19 related SOPs shall be dealt with in a more stringent manner including but not limited to revocation of operating authorization granted to Turkish Airlines for flight operations to/from Pakistan, the CAA warned.
Turkish Airlines had previously been warned and fined for similar violations on October 13 and 21.