AIRCRAFT GROUND SERVICES
All flights into from or over the territory of Pakistan and
landing in Pakistan territory shall be carried out in accordance with the
multilateral and bilateral agreements to which Pakistan is party and in
accordance with the National Regulations. Subject to the observance of the
applicable rules, conditions and legislation foreign civil aircraft
registered in any foreign country which at the time is a member of the
International Civil Aviation Organization may be navigated in Pakistan.
Aircraft registered under the law of foreign countries not members of the
International Civil Aviation Organization which grant reciprocal treatment
to Pakistan aircraft and airmen may be navigated in Pakistan subject to the
observance of the rules, conditions and legislation applicable in the case
of aircraft of ICAO member states.
No Israeli registered aircraft is permitted to operate to or overfly
Pakistan. No flight of international airline, scheduled or nonscheduled
operating to or from Israel is permitted to operate or overfly Pakistan.
Aircraft landing in or departing from the territory of Pakistan must first
land at or finally depart from an International Airport. Every such aircraft
shall immediately upon entry into Pakistan, be flown to and landed at:
If the entry is from west - Karachi/ Jinnah
If the aircraft is flying from India to Pakistan –
Lahore/Allama Iqbal International Airport or Karachi/Jinnah
If the aircraft is flying from India to Afghanistan and
vice versa- Lahore/ Allama Iqbal International Airport or Karachi/Jinnah
The entry is from Sri Lanka to Pakistan – Karachi/Jinnah
The aircraft after landing at the airport as discussed
above shall not proceed further unless the pilot has cleared the necessary
customs and other formalities and has obtained a clearance certificate in
writing from an officer duly authorized by the Federal Government in this
behalf. In the event of an aircraft being compelled to land at other than
International Airport, the pilot-in command shall immediately communicate
with the nearest customs official or the police. In all cases where it is
necessary to dispatch a custom officer to the scene of an emergency landing
a charge for conveyance of such officer shall be made against the owners of
the aircraft concerned.
Any aircraft not engaged in schedule air transport flying over or across
Pakistan shall make a landing both on outward and inward journey at Karachi
or Lahore and shall proceed onward only on issuance of a clearance
certificate by an officer so authorized by the Federal Government. No
aircraft, other than aircraft engaged in a schedule air transport service,
shall make flights into or in transit across the territory of Pakistan
except in accordance with the above conditions, which shall be observed by
every pilot-in-command of such aircraft or otherwise assisting in the flight
thereof. All civil aircraft flying over Pakistan territory are
Prohibited to carry any arms and ammunition of war or
any explosive other than those explosives authorized for navigational
and signaling purposes.
Prohibited to fly in such a manner as to be likely to
endanger or interfere with any of Pakistani forces, ships or aircraft.
Prohibited to fly without clearly displaying the
nationality and registration or other marks as prescribed.
Back to top
For regular international scheduled flights operated by foreign
airlines into or in transit across Pakistan the following requirement must
The state of the airline must be a party to the
International Air Services Transit Agreement and/or the International
Air Transport Agreement Pakistan is a party to both Agreements.
The airlines must be eligible to make the flights under
the provisions of a Bilateral or multilateral agreement to which the
state of the airlines and Pakistan are contracting parties and must have
a permit to operate into or in transit across Pakistan Applications for
such permits shall be submitted to DG CAA.
Schedule flights shall be permitted to operate strictly in
accordance with the terms and conditions of the permission in case of any
change. Authorization from Air Transport Directorate, HQCAA (OPHQZXAT) will
be required prior to departure from an aerodrome in Pakistan.
It is necessary that the under mentioned aircraft documents be
submitted by airline operators for clearance on entry and departure of their
aircraft to and from Pakistan. All documents listed below must follow the
ICAO Standard Form.
|Airport Health Officer
One copy of General Declaration is endorsed and returned by
customs, signifying clearance.
If no passengers are embarking / disembarking and no
articles are laden (un-laden) no aircraft documents except copies of the
General Declaration need be submitted to the above authorities.
Aircraft arriving at Karachi from West shall submit the
“Desensitization certificate” to the Airport Health Officer.
Aircraft arriving from east without a landing in India
may be required to submit the “Desensitization Certificate” if coming
from yellow Fever Area.
Back to top
Addresses Of Application
Charter Flights By Foreign Operators Not Exercising Traffic Rights When Transiting Through Pakistan
Charter Flights By Foreign Operators Exercising Traffic Rights In Pakistan
Charter Flights Originating In Pakistan Desiring To Exercise Traffic Rights For A Place Outside Pakistan
Other Commercial Flights, E.G. Owners, Business Flights, Survey Flights, Spraying Flights, Etc.
Conditions For Navigation In Pakistan Fir’s For Military, State, State Vip Flightsemployment Of An Aircraft Not Registered In Pakistan As Public Transport Or Aerial Aircraft
Operators must obtain permission to carry out non-scheduled flights into,
from or over the territory of Pakistan, whether or not for the purpose of
taking on or discharging passengers, cargo or mail. Application for such
permission shall be submitted to the DG CAA in sufficient time to arrive not
less than ninety six (96) hours in advance of the intended landing or over
flight and obtain his prior approval except when documents are required. The
application must include the following information in the order.
- Name and address of the operator.
- Type of aircraft and registration mark.
- Date and time of arrival at and departure from Pakistan.
- Place or places of embarkation or disembarkation abroad, as the case may
be of passengers and/or freights.
- Purpose of flights and details of passengers and/or nature and amount of
- Name, address and business of charterer.
- Name of crew members.
- ATS route of flight including entry/exit points at Pakistan FIRs with
- Name and address of the agency responsible to make payment of fees and
ADDRESSES OF APPLICATION
The application for such permission shall be submitted to the DG CAA or to
the following AFTN addressees
- DG CAA (OPHQZXAT)Airport Director, JIAP Karachi (OPKCYDYX)
- ACC Karachi (OPKCZRZX)
- Airport Director, AIIAP Airport (OPLAYDYX)
- ACC Lahore (OPLAZRZX)
Non-schedule flights shall be permitted to operate strictly in accordance
with the terms and conditions of the permission. In case of any change,
authorization from Air Transport Directorate, HQ CAA (OPHQZXAT) will be
required prior to departure from an aerodrome in Pakistan.
CHARTER FLIGHTS BY FOREIGN OPERATORS NOT EXERCISING TRAFFIC RIGHTS WHEN
TRANSITING THROUGH PAKISTAN
If an operator intends to carry out a (series of) non-scheduled flights (s)
in transit across, or making non-traffic stops in the territory of Pakistan.
The following procedure shall be applicable:
The application for permission for all non-scheduled flights making
non-traffic stop (Technical Landing) at Karachi/Jinnah International
Airport, Lahore/Allama Iqbal International Airport or Islamabad/Islamabad
International Airport shall be made at least 6 hours before the estimated
time of entry into Karachi/Lahore Flight Information Region in accordance
with the Procedures.
The application for permission for non-schedule flights making non traffic
stop (Technical Landing) at an international airport other then
Karachi/Jinnah International Airport, Lahore/Allama Iqbal International
Airport and Islamabad/Islamabad International Airport shall be submitted at
least 96 hours in advance of the estimated time of arrival in accordance
with the Procedures
The application for permission for over flying Pakistan territory shall be
submitted at least 6 hours in accordance with the particulars specified in
the Procedures prior to the estimated time of entry into Flight Information
Region for the following categories of Flights
Extra section flights/non-scheduled flights of the airlines regularly
operating on schedule basis to/through Pakistan,
Ambulance flights for the evacuating of patients/casualty,
Special ferry flights to recover unserviceable aircraft (in entry or
abroad) and/or to carry the load of the unserviceable aircraft,
Flights diverting due to an emergency,
Relief flights being operated in aid of victims of natural calamities such
as flood, earthquakes etc,
Flights operated by United Nations aircraft or on behalf of United
CHARTER FLIGHTS BY FOREIGN OPERATORS EXERCISING TRAFFIC RIGHTS IN PAKISTAN
The remuneration, hire or reward for the carriage of charter traffic
originating in or destined for Pakistan shall be:
Not less than the rates, remuneration or hire ordinarily charged by an
airline performing regular air services on the route concerned under an
authorization of the DG CAA; or
If there be no such services, not less than the rate ordinarily charged by
an airline described above for over a comparable route or distance.
All such traffic shall be set down in Pakistan strictly in accordance with
General Info unless otherwise authorized by the DG CAA in writing. Such
charters shall be bonafide charters in keeping with IATA Regulations and
Practice. In case of charters operated by non-IATA carriers, complete
details of the load to be carried on the charter flight together with a copy
of the charter agreement form must be furnished to the DG CAA along with the
application for the exercise of traffic rights relating to the proposed
If an operator intends to perform a (series of) non-scheduled flights
originating outside Pakistan for the passengers, cargo or mail in Pakistan,
he shall apply to the DG CAA not less than 96 hours in advance of the
intended landing and obtain his prior approval in accordance with the
particulars specified in Procedures. Particulars shall be furnished to the
Airport Director/Manager on arrival at the Airport of entry of all
passengers and cargo carried, their origin and destination and the rates
paid by the charterer for transport.
CHARTER FLIGHTS ORIGINATING IN PAKISTAN DESIRING TO EXERCISE TRAFFIC RIGHTS
FOR A PLACE OUTSIDE PAKISTAN
No passenger or freight originating in Pakistan for a place outside Pakistan
may be picked up without prior consent of the DGCAA. This consent will be
given only after a certification (NOC) from the National carrier to the
effect that they are unable to meet the requirement of the charterer. The
permission to operate charter flights by foreign operators to/from Pakistan
will be subject to payment of 10% of general cargo rate or 15% charter
price, whichever is higher, to the national carrier. No advertisement in
respect of such flights soliciting booking of traffic or purporting to
notify availability of space in aircraft shall be made in any manner
whatsoever, either by the person or airline owning or operating the aircraft
or by any other person.
If an operator intends to perform a (series of) non-schedule flights (s)
originating in Pakistan for the purpose of taking on or discharging
passengers, cargo or mail in Pakistan for a place outside Pakistan, he shall
apply to the DG CAA for the exercise of such traffic rights in accordance
with the particulars specified. If an operator intends to perform a (series
of) non-schedule flights (s) originating in Pakistan for the purpose of
taking on or discharging passengers, cargo or mail in Pakistan for a place
outside Pakistan, he shall apply to the DG CAA for the exercise of such
traffic rights in accordance with the particulars specified in Procedures.
No passenger or freight originating at a point in Pakistan and destined for
another point in Pakistan may be picked up by a foreign operator without the
consent of DG CAA. If an operator intends to perform a (series of)
non-scheduled flights(s) originating at a point in Pakistan and destined for
another point in Pakistan for the purpose of taking or discharging
passengers, cargo or mail, he shall have to provide satisfactory evidence
that no Pakistan registered operator is in a position to carry the
passengers or freight available between the two points in Pakistan where
such charter is intended to be carried thereafter, he shall apply to DG CAA
for permission to carry out such charter flights.
OTHER COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS, E.G. OWNERS, BUSINESS FLIGHTS, SURVEY FLIGHTS,
SPRAYING FLIGHTS, ETC.
If an operator intends to perform a (series of) non-scheduled commercial
flights, e.g. business flights, survey flights or spraying flights in
Pakistan, he shall apply giving details of the flights to the DG CAA for
permission to carry out such operations. Grant of permission will be
governed by the merits of the individual cases in consultation with any
other department of Government of Pakistan that may be concerned.
CONDITIONS FOR NAVIGATION IN PAKISTAN FIR’S FOR MILITARY, STATE, STATE VIP
Applications for clearance should be made to Ministry of foreign Affairs
through normal diplomatic channels to:
Ministry of foreign affairs, Islamabad – Pakistan
Telegraphic Address: “FOREIGN” Islamabad
Night flying over Pakistan territory is prohibited except where special
permission has been obtained. A clearance given will be valid for plus/
minus three hours for three days provided other particulars remain the same.
Change, if any, should be intimated 72 hours prior to the original schedule
date and time, otherwise fresh clearance should be sought in accordance with
the laid down procedures.
All foreign military, State or State VIP aircraft intending to over fly
Pakistan airspace or land at any of the Pakistan airfield have to obtain
prior permission (Diplomatic clearance) through Government of Pakistan,
MINISTRY of Foreign Affairs. Requests must be received at least two weeks in
advance. The application must include the following information in the order
Name of the operator, Captain’s name/nationality and details of the crew.
Type of aircraft, call sign, and registration number.
Purpose of flight, particulars and designations of all passengers and/or
nature and amount of freight.
Place or places of embarkation or disembarkation of passengers and/ or
Flight schedule giving dates and time of arrival/departures or entry/exit,
route to be flown and designation.
Facilities Required. EMPLOYMENT OF AN AIRCRAFT NOT REGISTERED IN PAKISTAN AS PUBLIC TRANSPORT OR
An aircraft not registered in Pakistan is precluded from employment as a
public transport aircraft or an aerial work aircraft in Pakistan territory
without special permission from the DG CAA. An aircraft, owned by a person
other than a Pakistani, who is resident in or carrying on business in
Pakistan, may be registered as a Pakistan aircraft, but is precluded from
employment as a public transport aircraft or an aerial work aircraft without
special authority from the DG CAA.
Private aircraft wishing to perform a private flight to Pakistan or over
flying the territory of Pakistan are required to obtain prior permission
from DG CAA in accordance with procedures for NON-SCHEDULE FLIGHTS.
No public health measures are required to be carried out in respect of
aircraft entering Pakistan with the following exception.
Aircraft arriving from East shall be fumigated by Airport health officer
on arrival. No person shall disembark from the aircraft before such
fumigation is completed.
Disinsectization of aircraft in flight is not acceptable However spraying
on ground is not required provided a “Disinsectization Certificate" from the
place of origin is carried on the aircraft.
AIRCRAFT GROUND SERVICES
Airline operators having its own organization are permitted to handle its
own aircraft. All other operators who do not have their own organization and
casual operators will be handled by the National Airlines or by the Ground
Handling Agencies licensed by the CAA.