volume 58-2021

Kingdom’s Travel Ban | Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia Can Return Home Via PIA

KARACHI: PIA flights will continue to operate to bring back Pakistanis already in Saudi Arabia, the airline’s spokesperson confirmed after the kingdom’s decision to suspend arrivals from 20 countries, including Pakistan. The ban was placed from 9pm Wednesday, February 3, the PIA spokesperson said. The ban has been imposed in the wake of a new …

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Showing Solidarity With Kashmiris | Indus Water Cross Jeep Rally 2021 Held

PESHAWAR: The Indus Water Cross Jeep Rally 2021 was organised on Friday at the Indus River at Hund point in Swabi district to express solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren and highlight the Indian atrocities in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority (KP-CTA) under the aegis of Sports, Tourism, Archaeology, …

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British Airways to Launch | Digital Health Passport

LONDON: British Airways has announced a new trial of the Verifly health passport app, allowing customers to verify Covid-19 test certificates before they leave home for their flights. The trial begins on February 4 on all of the carrier’s transatlantic routes between London and the US (currently New York JFK, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, …

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Saudi Arabia Suspends | Entry Form 20 Countries Including Pakistan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior has announced a temporary suspension of entry to the kingdom of travellers from 20 countries from February 3 including India, UK and the US.  The suspension does not apply to Saudi citizens, diplomats, health practitioners and their families.  The countries are Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, …

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Russia Extends | Flight Ban With the UK Till February 16

MOSCOW: Russia has extended the suspension of air service with the UK until 23:59 Moscow time on February 16 to protect public health, Russia’s anti-coronavirus crisis centre was quoted as saying in a media report. Russia suspended air service with the UK on December 22, 2020 after a new coronavirus strain was detected in that …

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Missing Crew Incidents | PIA To Confiscate Passports Of Crew

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) issued a series of new directives on Monday, February 1,   for its cabin crew in a bid to control incidents of staff slipping away in other countries. The new directive includes the confiscation of passports of crew on arrival abroad in a bid to control recent incidents of staff “slipping …

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Qatar Airways Upgrades | Inflight Entertainment System

DOHA: Qatar Airways has announced it is enhancing the travel experience with Thales AVANT IFE on its Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner.  Qatar Airways has been eager to replicate the innovative AVANT experience on their Boeing B787-8 aircraft without disrupting the utilisation of the fleet and minimising down time during the retrofit installation. To achieve this ambition, …

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France Closes | Borders To All Countries Outside EU

PARIS: France has announced it is closing its borders to people arriving from outside the European Union starting January 31 to try to stop the spread of new variants of the coronavirus, said a report.  French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the measure Friday night after an emergency government health security meeting at the presidential …

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‘Brand Pakistan’ | Govt to Launch Soon For Tourism Promotion: PTDC

ISLAMABAD:  Digital marketing holds promise for tourism promotion and that’s what exactly the present government is doing by rolling out an inclusive project “Brand Pakistan” in coming days to transform the country’s image by projecting its breath-taking tourist resorts at international level through online means. “The competent authority has given approval for Brand Pakistan and …

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1 Billion Fewer International Arrivals | 2020 Was The Worst Year In Tourism History

MADRID: Global tourism suffered its worst year on record in 2020, with international arrivals dropping by 74% according to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Destinations worldwide welcomed 1 billion fewer international arrivals in 2020 than in the previous year, due to an unprecedented fall in demand and widespread travel restrictions. According …

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