The United Kingdom has allowed its citizens to travel to tourist spots in Pakistan’s northern areas, owing to the improved security situation of the country. The announcement was made by British High Commissioner to Islamabad Dr Christian Turner, who also praised the Government of Pakistan for providing improved security. The announcement is the result of a comprehensive review of UK travel advice for Pakistan, based on a wide-ranging assessment of the country’s security situation.
A woman has claimed she was left alone in a dark and locked plane after falling asleep on a flight. Tiffani Adams took a 90-minute Air Canada flight from Quebec to Toronto on 9 June. Ms Adams fell asleep during the journey but woke up to find the aircraft empty, cleared and parked for the night in Toronto.
The airspace restriction for flights to India, earlier due to end on 15th June, has now been extended until June 28. After the suspension on overfly operations, flights from Lahore to Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lanka and Urumqi were cancelled. However, there are no restrictions on the operations on the country’s western airspace, which is fully operational.
While meeting Chairman of Pakistan Tourism Board, Zulfiqar Bukhari, the Chairman of The Virdee Foundation, Peter Virdee, stated that over 500 million GBP (Rs. 96.5b) will be donated to Pakistan by Sikh businessmen to develop religious tourism. The meeting was organised between the two sides at Rembrandt Hotel, London, to discuss religious tourism and establishment of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.
High Commissioner of Malaysia, Ikram Muhammad Ibrahim, has said Malaysia and Pakistan have reached an understanding to issue visas on arrival to officials of both the countries. The purpose of this is to further boost bilateral relations and promote and intensify exchange of official delegations. From April 15, 2019, both countries have started visa-on-arrival for their respective diplomatic and official passport holders.
After a decade long hiatus, the British Airways’ first flight back landed at 11:25 am at Islamabad airport on Monday morning. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner flew 240 passengers from London’s Heathrow Airport to Islamabad Airport and will depart back at 11:10 am from Islamabad. British Airways will fly thrice a week between Heathrow and Islamabad during the 2019 summer.
Amsterdam tourists can soon marry a local for a day, go on a date while weeding or pluck and explore the city in a new initiative called Untourist Amsterdam designed to combat the negative effects of over-tourism. The symbolic 35 minutes marriage is a chance for a visitor to have a meaningful encounter with a local.