No imminent plans for direct flights between US and Pakistan, says embassy


ISLAMABAD: The United States embassy has denied reports of any immediate plans for direct flights between Pakistan and the US.

According to a statement, the US aviation officials, during their visit, reviewed the country’s aviation security infrastructure and met with their Pakistani counterparts. During the visit to the Islamabad airport, representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the aviation ministry highlighted the airport’s security features.

The embassy clarified that this visit was not a formal inspection, audit, or assessment of any specific airport.

Earlier, sources had reported that direct flights between Pakistan and the United States are likely to restore soon as a 12-member Transportation Security Administration (TSA) team reached Islamabad on July 15.

The TSA, the US Government agency that supervises airport and air carrier security, will visit Jinnah International Airport, Karachi on July 18 to look over the boarding process, screening and security matters.

The TSA team will also visit head offices of Airport Security Force (ASF) and Pakistan International Airline (PIA).