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First flight lands at newly licensed Juzzak airport, the western most airport in Pakistan, 11 kilometers from the border with Iran.


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One of the two Airbus A320 aircraft the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had acquired on dry lease from the Bank of Utah, the US, landed at Islamabad International Airport.

The other aircraft is expected to arrive within a couple of weeks, according to a PIA spokesman.

With the addition of these two Airbus A320s, the national flag carrier’s fleet will increase to 29 aircraft of different brands.
 

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UK removes Pakistan from its travel red list

  • The Red List allows only those to enter the UK if they are British or Irish nationals, or they have residence rights in the UK
  • The Amber list classification makes it easy for people traveling to the UK from other countries

BR Web Des
17 Sep 2021



The UK government on Friday moved Pakistan from its ‘red’ to ‘amber’ list, a categorisation devised for international travel amid the Covid-19 pandemic. All changes will come into effect on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021.

Bradford West MP Naz Shah was delighted at the news. “I appreciate the efforts made by the government in Pakistan to protect against the spread of Covid-19 and the measures that led to Pakistan being removed from the UK travel red list,” Naz said.

The news was also shared by British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner.
"Pleased to confirm Pakistan is off the red list. I know how difficult the last 5 months were for so many who rely on close links between the United Kingdom & Pakistan," he tweeted.

He said the UK "will continue to work closely with Pakistan to ensure data sharing and safeguard public health in both countries".

"No one is safe until everyone is safe."

Reacting to the development, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar, said "Good to know finally the right decision [has been] taken to take Pakistan off red list."

He appreciated the UK High Commission for its support for "conveying facts about the Covid situation in Pakistan".
 

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After 22 years, PIA plane lands in Damascus

PIA CEO says resumption of flights is in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan


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PIA plane touched down at Damascus International Airport on Friday from Karachi. — AFP/File


PIA plane touched down at Damascus International Airport on Friday from Karachi. — AFP/File


Pakistan International Airline (PIA) CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik Saturday said a plane landed at Damascus International Airport after a hiatus of 22 years.

Taking to his official Twitter handle, the CEO tweeted: “Alhamdolillah, after 22 years, PIA landed in Damascus, with pilgrims”.


Malik said that the resumption of air link between the two countries "aims to promote religious tourism [and] restore relations with Syria".


He also appreciated the efforts of his team, saying: “Salute to Ambassador Air [Marshal] Saeed M Khan for his great support. Long live PIA.”

According to Gulf News, the PIA plane touched down at Damascus International Airport on Friday from Karachi.

The flight carried nearly 300 passengers including Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan.

Speaking on the occasion, Syrian Transport Minister Zouheir Khzeim said: “The flight is the first after a 20-year hiatus, describing it as an important step for developing economic links between his country and Pakistan.”
 

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Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past

An important stop in the 1970s was "Kala Chapra", the name of which very few people are familiar with today. Were familiar with The stop was between Natha Khan Goth and the Drug Colony, where either the residents of the Civil Aviation Colony would come down or they would want to watch a movie at a luxury cinema in the evening. This gigantic structure got the name "Kala Chapra" because of its dark color.

This structure did not exist, but the bus stop remained called Kala Chapra for the next several years. The Hangar was the largest steel structure in British times. It was designed in 1927 as part of the British government's royal aerial plan and then built with great skill. It was an aircraft station.

After a long flight, the planes would rest here and then depart for the next journey. Kala Chapra The British government built six R-100 airports in collaboration with the Ministry of Aviation and other companies. An airship is a special type of aircraft that flies with the help of a gas balloon.

Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past

It was a flying caterpillar that flew to its destination with the help of high-speed wings driven by young men. They used to live there, but the airships also used to carry the passengers in their beds and fly away. This high hangar was built within the boundaries of Karachi Airport to anchor the airship. The plane flew from Britain to Australia, in the meantime it also stayed in Karachi.

At 6 pm on October 4, 1930, the airship took off from Cardington, England, with 54 passengers on board, but unfortunately crashed into French territory just eight hours later due to technical problems.
Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past

In Karachi, the plane was eagerly awaited to land on a black roof. The people of Karachi were anxious to see it descend, but they were enslaved to hear of its devastation. For the next four decades after the incident, the hangar waited for another ship, but no ship here. Had to come, didn't come. When the hangar became rusty and black, the people of Karachi called it "Kala Chapra".

For those traveling on the National Highway from Hyderabad and Thatta to Karachi and by train, Kala Chapra was a milestone. Due to its height, it could be seen long before the city limits began, especially when train passengers sat quietly until they saw the black hut, packing at the first sight of the hut. Used to
Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past


In the 60's, during the Ayub regime, this gigantic structure was sold to a large junk shop in Karachi. The scavengers continued to cut the structure for several days, until one day this symbol of Karachi disappeared from the horizon of Karachi, but the Kala Chapra stop remained for the next 20 years, then lost in the pages of history. At the time when we started traveling in buses from Quaidabad to the city center, Kala Chapra used to be a well-known stop. As the buses proceeded from Natha Khan Goth, the conductor would start warning the passengers alighting with the sound of Kala Chapra Kala Chapra.

Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past

Syed Zameer Jafari has also not only mentioned the black hut in his book "Zamiriyat", but has also written an obituary for it. In 1960, Colonel Maqbool Elahi Darwish auctioned it off as per the decision of the Ministry of Defense. In the days when the skin of this hut was being torn, Raqim Al-Huroof lived in the shadow of its affection in the Drug Road cantonment.


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Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past

An important stop in the 1970s was "Kala Chapra", the name of which very few people are familiar with today. Were familiar with The stop was between Natha Khan Goth and the Drug Colony, where either the residents of the Civil Aviation Colony would come down or they would want to watch a movie at a luxury cinema in the evening. This gigantic structure got the name "Kala Chapra" because of its dark color.

This structure did not exist, but the bus stop remained called Kala Chapra for the next several years. The Hangar was the largest steel structure in British times. It was designed in 1927 as part of the British government's royal aerial plan and then built with great skill. It was an aircraft station.

After a long flight, the planes would rest here and then depart for the next journey. Kala Chapra The British government built six R-100 airports in collaboration with the Ministry of Aviation and other companies. An airship is a special type of aircraft that flies with the help of a gas balloon.

Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past

It was a flying caterpillar that flew to its destination with the help of high-speed wings driven by young men. They used to live there, but the airships also used to carry the passengers in their beds and fly away. This high hangar was built within the boundaries of Karachi Airport to anchor the airship. The plane flew from Britain to Australia, in the meantime it also stayed in Karachi.

At 6 pm on October 4, 1930, the airship took off from Cardington, England, with 54 passengers on board, but unfortunately crashed into French territory just eight hours later due to technical problems.
Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past

In Karachi, the plane was eagerly awaited to land on a black roof. The people of Karachi were anxious to see it descend, but they were enslaved to hear of its devastation. For the next four decades after the incident, the hangar waited for another ship, but no ship here. Had to come, didn't come. When the hangar became rusty and black, the people of Karachi called it "Kala Chapra".

For those traveling on the National Highway from Hyderabad and Thatta to Karachi and by train, Kala Chapra was a milestone. Due to its height, it could be seen long before the city limits began, especially when train passengers sat quietly until they saw the black hut, packing at the first sight of the hut. Used to
Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past


In the 60's, during the Ayub regime, this gigantic structure was sold to a large junk shop in Karachi. The scavengers continued to cut the structure for several days, until one day this symbol of Karachi disappeared from the horizon of Karachi, but the Kala Chapra stop remained for the next 20 years, then lost in the pages of history. At the time when we started traveling in buses from Quaidabad to the city center, Kala Chapra used to be a well-known stop. As the buses proceeded from Natha Khan Goth, the conductor would start warning the passengers alighting with the sound of Kala Chapra Kala Chapra.

Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past

Syed Zameer Jafari has also not only mentioned the black hut in his book "Zamiriyat", but has also written an obituary for it. In 1960, Colonel Maqbool Elahi Darwish auctioned it off as per the decision of the Ministry of Defense. In the days when the skin of this hut was being torn, Raqim Al-Huroof lived in the shadow of its affection in the Drug Road cantonment.


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Would've been quite a sight to see Air blimps in Pakistan. Imagine what people, who'd never seen it react to it.
Always used to wonder why we never had them during the British rule, now I know why.
Interesting.


(Also we could do with aerostats in urban spaces for WAMI, for counter terrorism. Have four of them in outskirts of the city, on each side. Keep a constant eye over the city that way).
 

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Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past

An important stop in the 1970s was "Kala Chapra", the name of which very few people are familiar with today. Were familiar with The stop was between Natha Khan Goth and the Drug Colony, where either the residents of the Civil Aviation Colony would come down or they would want to watch a movie at a luxury cinema in the evening. This gigantic structure got the name "Kala Chapra" because of its dark color.

This structure did not exist, but the bus stop remained called Kala Chapra for the next several years. The Hangar was the largest steel structure in British times. It was designed in 1927 as part of the British government's royal aerial plan and then built with great skill. It was an aircraft station.

After a long flight, the planes would rest here and then depart for the next journey. Kala Chapra The British government built six R-100 airports in collaboration with the Ministry of Aviation and other companies. An airship is a special type of aircraft that flies with the help of a gas balloon.

Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past

It was a flying caterpillar that flew to its destination with the help of high-speed wings driven by young men. They used to live there, but the airships also used to carry the passengers in their beds and fly away. This high hangar was built within the boundaries of Karachi Airport to anchor the airship. The plane flew from Britain to Australia, in the meantime it also stayed in Karachi.

At 6 pm on October 4, 1930, the airship took off from Cardington, England, with 54 passengers on board, but unfortunately crashed into French territory just eight hours later due to technical problems.
Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past

In Karachi, the plane was eagerly awaited to land on a black roof. The people of Karachi were anxious to see it descend, but they were enslaved to hear of its devastation. For the next four decades after the incident, the hangar waited for another ship, but no ship here. Had to come, didn't come. When the hangar became rusty and black, the people of Karachi called it "Kala Chapra".

For those traveling on the National Highway from Hyderabad and Thatta to Karachi and by train, Kala Chapra was a milestone. Due to its height, it could be seen long before the city limits began, especially when train passengers sat quietly until they saw the black hut, packing at the first sight of the hut. Used to
Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past


In the 60's, during the Ayub regime, this gigantic structure was sold to a large junk shop in Karachi. The scavengers continued to cut the structure for several days, until one day this symbol of Karachi disappeared from the horizon of Karachi, but the Kala Chapra stop remained for the next 20 years, then lost in the pages of history. At the time when we started traveling in buses from Quaidabad to the city center, Kala Chapra used to be a well-known stop. As the buses proceeded from Natha Khan Goth, the conductor would start warning the passengers alighting with the sound of Kala Chapra Kala Chapra.

Kala Chapra is a sign of Karachi's past

Syed Zameer Jafari has also not only mentioned the black hut in his book "Zamiriyat", but has also written an obituary for it. In 1960, Colonel Maqbool Elahi Darwish auctioned it off as per the decision of the Ministry of Defense. In the days when the skin of this hut was being torn, Raqim Al-Huroof lived in the shadow of its affection in the Drug Road cantonment.


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Not soooooooo old to have been around at that time but I do remember sometimes bunking school and cycling to Karachi airport with friends. At that time part of the runway perimeter only had a barbed wire fence with a few guards and as long as you didnt try to cut or go through the fence the guards would let you stand and watch the take offs and landings. Exciting times!
 

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There is a new entrant in Pakistan’s airway sector. Meet K2 Airways, which will be based at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport and will begin scheduled passenger flights later.

The latest entrant in Pakistan’s airway industry will serve numerous domestic destinations across Pakistan including Islamabad, Skardu and Chitral. The airline also plans to fly to international destinations in the near future.

"Secretary BOI Ms. Fareena Mazhar met with the delegation from K2 AIRWAYS UAE, headed by the CEO Mr. Tariq Raja. The delegation apprised the Secretary on the progress being made by them to begin their airline services in Pakistan, starting with northern areas of country" BOI Tweeted.

The K2 airways has also acquired Hitit Crane product suite, Hitit is a Passenger Service Solution providers in the field of airline and travel IT systems.
 

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ISLAMABAD: Commerce Adviser Abdul Razak Dawood said on Friday the government was fully focused on boosting trade and exports with Afghanistan.

He said peace in Afghanistan and strengthening of economic relationship between the two countries would help increase bilateral trade.

Talking to media on the occasion of first cargo handling from Islamabad airport to Afghanistan via road, the minister said it was a historic moment. The cargo reached the airport via a private air company WF Integral. Mr Razak said despite having a cargo handling facility at Islamabad Airport, the complex remained inactive for international transportation. “This facility would also help in despatching goods coming from other countries to Afghanistan,” he added.

Published in Dawn, October 16th, 2021
 

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CAA issues notices to four airlines for cancelling domestic flights

Mohammad Asghar
October 21, 2021


Pakistan International Airlines aircraft on the runway at Sialkot International Airport. — Photo by Abid Hussain Mehdi/File


Pakistan International Airlines aircraft on the runway at Sialkot International Airport. — Photo by Abid Hussain Mehdi/File


RAWALPINDI: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued notices to four airlines — Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Serene Air, Airblue and Air Sial — for cancelling confirmed scheduled domestic flights, causing inconvenience to travellers.

In light of public complaints, the CAA Director General has taken strict notice of airline operators for cancelling confirmed scheduled domestic flights and then utilising aircraft for international chartered operations.

The CAA DG in the notice said during the period from Oct 1, 2021 to Oct 18 the operators cancelled 383 (33.4pc ) out of 1,145 domestic flights and utilised the aircraft for international chartered flights.

Pakistan International Airlines was on the top of the list which cancelled 130 flights out of 417 flights with 31.1pc cancellation, Serene Air cancelled 117 flights out of 250, Airblue 86 flights out of 261, Air Sial cancelled 50 flights out of 217. In the light of cancellation of domestic flights, the CAA has decided to withhold all international chartered flight permissions immediately.

The CAA ordered the airline operators to submit an undertaking to the aviation authority prior to requesting any permission for international chartered flights that domestic flight schedule approved for any ongoing scheduling seasons will be operated with a minimum flight regularity and punctuality of 90pc and 80pc, respectively.

The CAA further directed that cancellation of domestic flights, if any, will only be made consequent upon technical reasons or force majeure circumstances.

The domestic flights cancellations on the pretext of technical reasons will only be allowed subject to its confirmation from the CAA’s Airworthiness Directorate.

The CAA further said an adequate balance between domestic flight operations and international flight operations is mandatory which does not only follow along the vision contained in National Aviation Policy 2019 but also allows airline operators to fulfill the obligations towards the traveling public.

All the airline’s operators have been directed to submit an undertaking clarifying that international chartered flight shall not be utilised at the cost of scheduled domestic flight operations.

Following the submission of the undertaking the chartered flight operations will be restored on a case-by-case basis.

It said in case of flight cancellation, the airline has to accommodate the affected passengers on its own alternative (earlier/later) flights or other airlines’ flights (subject to seat availability) as per convenience of affected passengers.

However, the CAA said if the available alternative transport options are not feasible for the passengers, then full ticket refund shall be made to the passengers at the earliest.


In case of flight cancellation due to insufficient passenger load/commercial reasons, if the available alternative transport options are not feasible for the passenger, then in addition to full ticket refund, passengers shall be compensated in line with law.

The CAA also advised the flight operators to minimise cancellations of flights, failing which the CAA will be constrained to initiate regulatory action against the defaulting airline.

Published in Dawn, October 21st, 2021
 

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