Soon the airports will be cleared for US airlines as a United States team recently visited Pakistan to review security arrangements at airports of the country.

This was said by federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan at a press briefing at the Parliament House on Wednesday.

A US security team had already visited the new Islamabad International Airport to review security arrangements put in place by the authorities, he said.

The minister said the debt-ridden Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had been facing shortage of aircraft. However, while giving details of business plan of the airlines, he said five aircraft would be inducted into the PIA every year and a Boeing 777 adding that an Airbus A320 had already been inducted into the airline in June.

Mr. Sarwar said that while he was in favour of wrapping of baggage of air travellers in plastic sheets, which was mandatory in the world, but the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on its own had issued a notification in this regard.

He said that he had ordered an inquiry against the of ficial who had issued the notification.

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