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Bilawal’s jet skids off runway in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: A private jet boarded by Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari skidded off the runway at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Rawalpindi on Sunday. Bilawal Bhutto is completely safe, while the plane received minor damage.  Rescue teams were right away called at the site of the incident. ARY News correspondent said the defunct airport has been limited to private planes and VIP movement only. "Probe is being conducted into the matter, while Bilawal has been sent to…

London’s Gatwick airport sold to French Vinci conglomerate

French conglomerate Vinci said Thursday it had bought control of Gatwick airport, Britain's second-busiest, for nearly three billion pounds only months before Brexit. Vinci said it will own a 50.01-percent stake in Gatwick thanks to the deal worth £2.9 billion ($3.7 billion, 3.2 billion euros) by the end of June. Gatwick made headlines last week when it closed its runway repeatedly due to reports of mystery drone sightings nearby, impacting nearly 140,000 passengers. The French purchase of Gatwick, which is Europe's…

Pair with fake guns spark panic at airport

BOBIGNY: Two people holding replica guns sparked a panic at Paris' main Charles de Gaulle airport on Wednesday before they were quickly arrested, sources close to the investigation said. Passengers were evacuated from Terminal 2 for around 45 minutes after the incident at 8.30 am (0730 GMT). A passenger had raised the alarm saying they had seen "two adults who did not speak French with weapons in a case", one source said. "There was a wave of panic in Terminal 2 when people saw the weapons." A police source said…

PIA aircraft skids off runway during landing at Panjgur Airport

KARACHI: A Pakistan International Airline (PIA) aircraft veered off the runway at Panjgur Airport, Balochistan this morning, ARY News reported. As many as 57 passengers were aboard the flight PK-517 that was heading to Panjgur from Karachi, however, all the passengers remained safe, PIA spokesperson later said in a statement. The incident occurred when the plane was touching down the runway and it got veered off the landing belt. According to reports, tyres of the aircraft were partially damaged in the incident.…

Police blow up suspicious suitcase at Rome airport, turned to be filled with coconuts

Rome’s airport came to a standstill on 1 October after staff blew up a suspicious bag whose contents turned out to be nothing more than a bunch of coconuts. Italian police found a suspicious suitcase in the Fiumicino airport, cordoned off the area in the waiting lounge and blew it up to see what was inside but were surprised by the contents. Freelance journalist Ned Donovan, who was inside the airport at the time, shared the experience on Twitter. “The Italian police have just blown up someone’s bag in Rome Airport…

Islamabad airport manager dismissed over presence of stray dogs

ISLAMABAD: Civil Aviation Agency on Monday dismissed the manager of the New Islamabad International Airport over the presence of stray dogs, ARY New reported. Five stray dogs entered the main building of the airport after being unnoticed by security and other staff members and starting barking at passengers crating panic among them. However, Director General CAA sprang to action over the absence of security staff and instructed to make efforts to suspend airport manager Asghar Faheem Khattak and declare him 'on special…

Kathmandu airport scare after plane skids off runway

KATHMANDU: Nepal's only international airport had to be closed for some 11 hours after a domestic aircraft skidded off the recently repaired runway, officials said Sunday. The Jetstream 41 was flying in to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj in southern Nepal late Saturday with 21 passengers onboard when it suffered a runway excursion before coming to a halt onto the adjoining grassland. Nobody was hurt in the incident but incoming and outgoing flights to Nepal's sole international air gateway were diverted while authorities…

50,000 passengers across Europe expected to be affected by strike

Around 50,000 passengers across Europe are expected to be affected this weekend as Ryanair is forced to cancel almost 400 flights due to a 24-hour walkout by staff in five European countries over a dispute about pay and working conditions. Ryanair employees are on strike in Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands, forcing the firm to cancel 394 flights. The Irish airline, which last year carried its one billionth passenger, is Europe’s biggest low-cost carrier It said in a statement that the action was…