The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has dismissed India’s complaint against Pakistan, saying flights carrying national leaders are considered as “state aircraft” and are not subject to its provisions.
The complaint was lodged a day after Pakistan refused to allow Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use its airspace for flying to Saudi Arabia.
“The Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention), which ICAO helps governments to cooperate under, only applies to the operations of civilian aircraft and not to state or military aircraft,” the ICAO spokesperson said.
“Flights carrying national leaders are considered state aircraft, and are therefore not subject to ICAO provisions,” the spokesperson added.
The ICAO is a specialised UN agency and its main job is to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).