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Pakistan invites bids for installation of e-gates at airports

10:43 AM | 11 Jul, 2024
Pakistan invites bids for installation of e-gates at airports

KARACHI - The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has announced to installation of electronic gates (e-gates) across several airports in the country to streamline the immigration process for passengers.

In a statement released by a PCAA spokesperson, it was confirmed that the deployment of e-gates will enhance efficiency, bringing Pakistan’s immigration procedures in line with international standards.

Initially, these advanced gates will be installed at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport, and Islamabad International Airport. As far as the timeline is concerned, PCAA has called for proposals from technology firms interested in installing the e-gates, with submissions due by August 13.

Passengers will utilize the e-gates by scanning their passports, a measure intended to reduce waiting times and improve overall travel experiences.

The development comes days after a delegation from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) conducted a security assessment at Karachi and Islamabad airports.

Moreover, another team, consisting of officials from Transport Canada, a Canadian government entity responsible for policies and services related to road, rail, marine, and air transportation, is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on July 14.

Their assessment at Karachi airport will begin on July 15 and will focus on aviation security documentation, airport arrangements, catering, and cargo complexes, according to the PCAA.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has already decided to outsource three of its major airports to improve service delivery. In this regard, the Islamabad International Airport would be outsourced first for a period of 15 years.

It is to be highlighted that the former Aviation Adviser had said that only the operation and management of specific airport components would be outsourced, while critical services such as the Air Traffic Control Tower, Rescue and Fire Fighting Services, and Air Navigation services would remain under the administrative control of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority.

The government has already clarified that after the outsourcing of Islamabad International Airport, the airports in Lahore and Karachi would also be outsourced though looking at the situation of Islamabad Airport's outsourcing, the process seems complex and tricky.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Today Currency Rates in Pakistan - Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 24 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 24, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 278.4 for buying and 280.1 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.35 and selling rate is 303.45.

British Pound rate is 354.5 for buying, and 358.35 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal hovered at 73.6.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 278.4  280.1 
Euro EUR 301.35 303.45
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.5 358.35
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5  77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65

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