volume 84-2021

Karachi Airport To Have | Rapid PCR Test Facility In Two Days: CAA

KARACHI: In view of difficulties being faced by UAE-bound passengers, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Wednesday that the counters for conducting rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for Covid-19 will become functional within two days. It said that the services of Pakistani labs accredited by the UAE authorities would be available at the …

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New Zealand Will Remain | Closed To International Travellers Until 2022: Ardern

WELLINGTON: New Zealand will keep its borders closed and overseas travelers locked out until early 2022, at which time quarantine-free entry will be limited to vaccinated travelers from designated ‘low-risk countries. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has outlined her government’s plans for “a phased reopening” which seems likely to dash any hopes that Australians had for …

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Serena Hosts | Musical Grand Finale Of Sarangi Season 5

ISLAMABAD: A star-studded grand finale event was held on Friday evening at Serena Hotels to conclude the Season 5 of Serena Hotel’s Sarangi countrywide music talent hunt competition. The event, held with full Covid-19 SOPs including social distancing and vaccination card checks, was attended by prominent members of the diplomatic corps, the business community, and …

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Emirates Skywards | Earn A ‘Mile-A-Minute’ in Dubai

KARACHI: Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, has announced a special “Mile-A-Minute” offer in which members can register to earn up to 5,000 Miles during a stopover or holiday stay in Dubai. The offer comes as Emirates’ home and hub, Dubai, gears up to host Expo 2020 and as the UAE …

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PIA To Start | Rapid PCR Tests At Sialkot Airport

RAWALPINDI: Following restrictions from the UAE authorities regarding Covid-19 Rapid PCR/RTPCR tests, the Pakistan International Airline will start Rapid PCR tests at the Sialkot International Airport for passengers of Dubai-bound flights. A PIA spokesman said that the national flag carrier has arranged special flights from Sialkot to Dubai on Aug 12 and 14 and Rapid …

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Boeing Sends | 737 MAX To China For Recertification Testing

Boeing is sending a 737 MAX over to China to conduct flight tests as part of the recertification process. The MAX departed from Seattle on Wednesday morning, stopping in Hawaii five and a half hours later. The jet will remain in Hawaii for a couple of days before its expected arrival at Shanghai Pudong International …

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Starting From Aug 9 | Saudi To Receive Foreign Umrah Pilgrim Requests

MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said it will receiving Umrah performers of citizens and residents, in addition to gradually receiving Umrah requests from abroad, starting from August 9, a media report said. The ministry said it will gradually increase the capacity to reach two million pilgrims per month, which includes pilgrims from …

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Super Jumbo A380s | Obviously Will Not Come Back: Lufthansa CEO

FRANKFURT: Lufthansa has thrown further doubt on the Airbus A380s return, with CEO Carsten Spohr saying it is evident that the aircraft won’t return to service. The airline has already sent the majority of its A380 fleet to long-term storage, with a single example remaining in Frankfurt, just in case. This week was one of …

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KP Govt Asks Centre | Set-Up Service Areas Along National Highways

PESHAWAR: To boost tourism as per Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Vision, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has sent a letter to the federal government to establish restaurants and service areas with all modern facilities on highways and roads leading to the tourist spots to facilitate visitors in the province. The letter has also asked the federal …

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CAA Bans | Serving Meals On Domestic Flights

KARACHI: The Civil Aviation Authority has placed a ban on serving meals on domestic flights, both chartered and private, across Pakistan as coronavirus cases continue to rise. The aircrew and staff have been instructed to ensure SOPs such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing are followed on board. CAA lifted the ban on serving …

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