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Commercial flights resume from Kabul airport after Taliban takeover

KABUL: The first international commercial flight under Afghanistan’s new Taliban interim government departed Kabul on Thursday carrying more than 100 foreigners, including some US citizens left behind after last month’s chaotic airlift. The flight marked an important step in the

EU gives Google two months to improve hotel, flight search results

BRUSSELS: Google has two months to improve the way it presents internet search results for flights and hotels and explain how it ranks these or face possible sanctions, the European Commission and EU consumer authorities said. The world’s most popular

Israeli airlines start direct flights to Morocco after improved ties

JERUSALEM: Two Israeli carriers on Sunday launched nonstop commercial flights to Marrakesh from Tel Aviv following the upgrading of diplomatic relations last year between Morocco and Israel. Israel and Morocco agreed last December to upgrade diplomatic ties and relaunch direct

UAE retains ban on flights from India, Pakistan

DUBAI: A United Arab Emirates ban on entry from India, Pakistan, and twelve other countries remains in place, the federal aviation authority said, after Dubai had announced it would ease entry restrictions from those countries. In a Notice to Airmen

FM urges Canada to reconsider flight suspension from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the Canadian government to reconsider its decision of suspending flights from Pakistan due to COVID-19 situation in Canada. The foreign minister received a telephone call from his Canadian counterpart Marc Garneau and

Iran bans flights from India, Pakistan amid virus surge

TEHRAN: Iran’s civil aviation agency banned all flights to and from India and Pakistan due the dramatic surge in coronavirus cases in the two nations. Iran’s state news agency said the decision taken by the health ministry took effect on

Canada bans passenger flights from Pakistan, India for 30 days

TORONTO: Canada has suspended all passenger flights from Pakistan and India for 30 days due to increased COVID-19 cases detected in travellers arriving from these countries. “Given the higher number of cases of Covid-19 detected in air passengers arriving in

PIA operated 13 special flights ahead of UK travel ban: SAPM Bukhari

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has operated thirteen special flights to the United Kingdom ahead of a travel ban being imposed from April 9. Special Assistant to the PM for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari thanked

PIA increases flights to Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced to increase the number of its international flights to various countries due to increasing travelling needs.  According to the spokesperson of PIA, the flights will be increased for Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. The

Virgin Atlantic to operate directs flights between Pakistan, UK

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has allowed British airline Virgin Atlantic to start direct flights between Pakistan and the United Kingdom. The airline had also announced three routes to Pakistan from the UK from London-Lahore, London-Islamabad and Manchester-Islamabad from December 2020.

SAPM Bukhari urges Saudi Arabia to extend visas, increase flights

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari has urged Saudi Arabia to further extend the iqama expiration date and allow more PIA flights. Bukhari held an online meeting through video link

After Saudi Arabia, Bahrain allows UAE-Israel flights over its airspace

MANAMA: Bahrain will allow all flights coming to and departing from the United Arab Emirates to cross through its airspace. The statement apparently allows Israeli flights after neighboring Saudi Arabia issued a similar announcement without directly naming Israel. The announcement

Pakistan to appeal against flight ban in Europe: Aviation Minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan has said Pakistan will file an appeal for the resumption of flight operations in Europe by the end of this month. Responding to a call attention notice in the Senate, the minister said

Etihad Airways to resume flights from Pakistan to Abu Dhabi from tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Etihad Airways flights from Pakistan to Abu Dhabi will start from tomorrow. The airline will operate 12 flights a week from Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore airports. Passengers will be required to test for the coronavirus before the flight. Passengers

PIA resumes regular flight operations to UAE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is resuming its regular flight operations to United Arab Emirates from Thursday (today). According to PIA Spokesman, the passengers will be able to travel from Pakistan to Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain through regular

FM Qureshi calls for reviewing PIA flights ban in Europe

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stressed on reviewing the decision to suspend Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights into Europe. In a telephonic conversation with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell,

EU bans PIA flights

The national carrier has been already from operating all flights to the Europe and UK for six months over flight safety standards. This marks a new low for an airline already suffering from a financial crisis who reputation is at

PIA allowed to operate Europe, UK flights till July 3

ISLAMABAD: The European Union has given permission to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to temporarily operate flights till 3rd July. The permission was given to bring back Pakistanis stranded abroad after hectic efforts by the government. European Union has relaxed the

Risk of imported cases

The government made the premature decision to resume international flights in Pakistan, but foreign airlines have been reluctant to operate flights amid the rising number of coronavirus cases. Many UAE-based airlines including Emirates and Etihad announced to suspend flights after

South Korea restricts visas, flights from Pakistan

SEOUL: South Korea has strengthened visa and entry restrictions for Pakistan and Bangladesh as the countries have recently reported a surge in coronavirus cases. According to the Korean media, the ban will be in effect from June 23 (today), under

Turkey to resume flights in Pakistan from July 2

ISLAMABAD: Turkey has planned on resuming its flights to Pakistan from the first week of July. Turkish ambassador Mustafa Yurdakulconfirmed the news today. According to him, the airline will resume flights from 2nd July from three main cities i.e. Karachi,

US suspends all flights by Chinese airlines

WASHINGTON: The United States has ordered the suspension of all flights by Chinese airlines into and out of the country after China failed to allow American carriers to resume services. The move is the result of growing friction between the

Pakistan to resume limited domestic flights from today

ISLAMABAD: Domestic flight operations will resume in Pakistan today, as the country continues to gradually ease the lockdown. Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan in a statement said that about 20 percent of domestic flights would resume from today, but with

Emirates to resume limited passenger flights to seven destinations

DUBAI: Dubai-based airline Emirates on Monday said it is operating limited outbound flights to selected destinations to facilitate the return of UAE residents and visitors wishing to go back to their home countries. Emirates will fly passengers to Algeria, Tunis,

Pakistan suspends all incoming international flights for two weeks

ISLAMABAD: The government on Saturday decided to suspend all incoming international flight operations for two weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country. This was stated by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Division Dr

India bans incoming flights to control coronavirus, seals off Kashmir

NEW DELHI: India has banned incoming international flights, restricted public gatherings and blocked roads to seal held Kashmir after the region reported its first coronavirus infection. India said it would ban all international commercial passenger flights from landing from Sunday

CAA suspends flights between Pakistan, China due to coronavirus

KARACHI: On Thursday, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) temporarily suspended all direct flight between China and Pakistan in worry of deadly coronavirus   after a competent authority has approved, the civil aviation authority (CAA) issued a notification in which stated

PIA will restore direct flights to United States: PIA spokesman

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has received a green signal from U.S. officials to start direct flights to the country from May this year, the spokesman for the national flag carrier said on Wednesday. After two years of negotiations between