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CAA slaps Turkish Airlines with Rs100,000 fine for violating coronavirus SOPs


The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday slapped Turkish Airlines with a fine of Rs100,000 for violating coronavirus standard operating producers(SOPs), a notification said.

The notification said that this is not the first time that the airline has gone against the rules, adding that a warning was issued to the Turkish Airlines on October 13 and 21 last year as well.

“It has been noted with serious concern that Turkish Airline again transported passenger […] from Category-B country i.e. Dakar (Senegal) to Istanbul for onward journey to Lahore via Turkish Airline flight TKO584 on January 13, 2021, without proof of negative RT-PCR test despite warning and penalty,” the notification said.

The CAA warned that violation of COVID-19 SOPs would be dealt with more stringently.

It would include, but not be limited to, the revocation of operating authorisation granted to the Turkish Airlines for flight operations to/from Pakistan, the CAA warned.

In the first week of January, CAA issued a list of the countries that it has exempted from the coronavirus restrictions, an official notification stated.

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