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Passengers hospitalised after suspected cholera case on Algeria-France flight

TOULOUSE: French authorities evacuated 141 passengers and crew from a flight arriving in the French city of Perpignan from Algeria on Wednesday after a child on board was suspected of being infected with cholera, the fire brigade said. The eight-year-old child was taken to hospital for checks after suffering bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea during the flight, a fire brigade official said. A police source said the child’s mother and several passengers sitting near them were also hospitalised. Another child remained on…

Post-Hajj flight operation to begin tomorrow

KARACHI: Post-Hajj flight operation will begin on Monday and the first flight carrying 327 pilgrims will land at Islamabad Airport in the evening. A spokesman of Ministry of Religious Affairs said the operation would be completed on September 25 with return of over 184,000 pilgrims (Hujjaj) from Saudi Arabia. On the first day of post-Hajj operation, total 950 pilgrims aboard four flights would reach Islamabad and Peshawar. A Pakistan International Airline spokesperson said 225 special and scheduled flights will be…

Post-Hajj flight operation to begin on August 27

KARACHI: The post-Hajj flight operation will commence from August 27 and the first flight carrying 327 pilgrims will land at Islamabad International Airport. According to a spokesman of Ministry of Religious Affairs, the operation will be completed on September 25 with return of all the pilgrims from Saudi Arabia. On the first day of post-Hajj operation, total 950 pilgrims aboard four flights would reach Islamabad and Peshawar. Some 240 pilgrims would reach Peshawar through Saudi Arabian Airline while PIA would…

PIA to operate first Hajj flight on July 14

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Thursday announced the flight schedule for Hajj 2018. The inaugural flight PK-6001 will depart Karachi for Madinah on July 14 carrying around 300 intending pilgrims. PIA CEO Musharraf Cyan Rasul and other officials will be present at the Karachi airport to see off the pilgrims. PIA staff have been instructed to provide all necessary facilities to the passengers. Further flights will be operated from Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Sialkot and Peshawar. PIA will operate…

First flight to operate in new Islamabad airport tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The new international airport of the city will start working on Tuesday and is expected to formally inaugurate this week. The first two flights at the airport, one landing and the other taking off, will both be of the national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines. “New Islamabad International Airport to be made operational from May 1, 2018,” wrote senior Information Ministry official Danyal Gilani on his verified Twitter account on Sunday afternoon. New Islamabad International Airport to be made…

Air China flight diverted after passenger threatens crew with fountain pen

BEIJING: An Air China flight bound for Beijing made an unscheduled landing in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou on Sunday after a passenger threatened a flight attendant with a fountain pen, the country’s civil aviation authority said. In a brief statement on its website, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said a male passenger on Air China Flight 1350, attempted to use the pen to hold the flight attendant “under duress”. Passengers and crew were unharmed, the statement said. Chinese police said…

First test flight successfully lands at New Islamabad airport

ISLAMABAD: The first mock flight of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) successfully touched down at the recently constructed New Islamabad International Airport on Saturday. The mock flight PK-9001 piloted by Captain Bajrani with first officers Hamad Khan and Muddasir Mushtaq took off from Benazir International Airport and successfully landed at the new Islamabad airport. PIA chief executive officer Musharraf Rasool Cyan was present in the flight to observe the mock exercise. The PIA management decided to…

In world first, Indian airline crosses Saudi airspace to Israel

TEL AVIV: Air India launched on Thursday the first scheduled service to Israel to be allowed to cross Saudi airspace, a sign of a behind-the-scenes improvement in ties between the Arab kingdom and the Jewish state. Flight AI 139 landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport about 30 minutes after its scheduled arrival time of 1945 GMT. "This is a historic moment," Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz told AFP on the tarmac as the Boeing Dreamliner rolled to a halt. "It is the first time that there is an official…