volume 52-2020

Shifting Of Head Office | PIA To Complete The Process By June 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has unveiled its detailed restructuring plan under which the national flag carrier will complete the process of shifting its headquarters to Islamabad by June 2021 while reducing the number of its employees by almost half. According to the plan, 7,500 of the 14,500 PIA employees will be laid off …

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IATA Unveils | Plans For Launching New Travel Pass

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently unveiled key design elements of the IATA Travel Pass. The pass is a mobile application that will help travellers to manage their travel easily and securely in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. IATA emphasised that the critical design elements would put travellers …

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IATA Appoints | New Regional VP For Africa & Middle East

GENEVA: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Kamil H. Al-Awadhi will be appointed IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and Middle East (AME), effective March 1, 2021.  Al-Awadhi succeeds Muhammad Albakri who will become IATA’s Senior Vice-President for Customer, Financial, and Digital Services (CFDS), also effective March 1, 2021. As previously announced, Albakri …

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New York Introduces | 14-Day Quarantine For Int’l Travellers

NEW YORK: Officials in New York have introduced quarantine rules for international travellers following the emergence of new Covid-19 variants. There are fears of new strains in countries including the UK and South Africa. New York mayor, Bill de Blasio, said all visitors would be ordered to stay for 14-days at the address they provided …

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Fundació Mallorca Turisme Receives | Award of ‘UNWTO. Quest Certification’

MADID: The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has awarded its UNWTO.QUEST Certification to Fundació Mallorca Turisme. The award further advances UNWTO’s work to promote and recognize excellence and quality in destination management for the benefit of the whole of the sector. At the same time, it boosts competitiveness in Mallorca, one of Europe’s top destinations, and …

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Saudi Arabia Eyes | $58.5bn Tourism Investment By 2023

RIYADH: The Saudi tourism ministry is looking to attract new investments worth SR220 billion ($58.5 billion) by 2023 and more than SR500 billion ($133 billion) by 2030, said a report.  Addressing a session on “Future sectors” at the Saudi Budget Forum 2021, Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khateeb said that Saudi Arabia had opened its doors …

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‘Land Of The Rising Sun’ | Japan Wins ITB Book Award 2021

BERLIN: Every year, the annual ITB Book Awards recognise the most original publications, mainly in German, but also in German translation. In the run-up to ITB Berlin NOW 2021, which due to the pandemic will be an entirely virtual event, the large-format wall calendar ‘Japan 2021 – Land of the Rising Sun ‘(Weingarten/Athesia Kalenderverlag) was …

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Emirates Earns | Five-Star Rating From Its Customers

DUBAI: Emirates has received the APEX 2021 Five Star Global Official Airline RatingTM, based on feedback from passengers that was independently collected by APEX via its partnership with TripIt, and validated and certified by an external auditor to ensure that all ratings were made by genuine travellers who had flown on the airline they were …

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AirSial Offers | Free Ticket to Person Carrying Coffin

RAWALPINDI: AirSial, a private airline which has recently launched its operation, has announced that it will provide free travel to a passenger accompanying the coffin of a loved one. A press release issued by the airline said that AirSial chairman Fazal Jilani and the board of directors had decided to provide free of charge mobility …

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PIA Introduces | Special Fares for Skardu, Gilgit

KARACHI: Visiting the highest global peaks in Gilgit-Baltistan has now become easy, as Pakistan International Airlines has introduced special fares to facilitate travellers visiting Skardu and Gilgit. Sharing the details, the national flag carrier announced that it would now be charging a minimum one-way fare of Rs6,915 from passengers travelling from Islamabad to Skardu and …

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