PIA eats its words after backlash on ‘5 hours earlier arrival’ announcement

03:06 PM | 11 May, 2018
PIA eats its words after backlash on ‘5 hours earlier arrival’ announcement
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has withdrawn an announcement, asking passengers to reach at least five hours prior to their boarding time in order to catch their flight at New Islamabad Airport.

National flag-carrier on Thursday made an announcement which reads, “Valued PIA customers, in light of the traffic congestion due to strict security checks at entry points of the new Islamabad International Airport, you are kindly requested to report at least 5 hours prior to departure time for your international flights.”

The national flag carrier had made the announcement to avoid traffic congestion which it said was due to the strict security checks.

A PIA spokesman said the letter was mistakenly released; therefore, passengers are requested to follow the old timing to reach the airport.

However, Twitteratis were not happy with the announcement, leading to a myriad of sarcastic comments and funny retorts aimed at the national carrier.

The new Islamabad airport opened its doors for operations on May 3 after years of delays and setbacks.

The New Islamabad Airport has been under criticism on social media after multiple videos blew the lid off administrative mismanagement, with some claiming that they had to wait for luggage for more than 3 hours.

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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