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The 'royal wedding' that cost PIA passengers heavily

02:03 PM | 19 Jul, 2015
The 'royal wedding' that cost PIA passengers heavily
LAHORE (Staff Report) - Passengers of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) protested against 17-hour delay of New York to Lahore bound flight, which was caused due to wedding of the prime minister's grand daughter in Jeddah.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's grand daughter and Maryam Nawaz's daughter, Mahnoor Safdar was married in Jeddah, but the PIA passengers had to bear the brunt of this wedding.

New York to Lahore bound flight got delayed for 17 hours because the prime minister's relatives were flown to attend his grand daughter's wedding in Jeddah, revealed the flight's cabin crew.

Passengers protested at the New York airport against the delay in PIA flight PK-722. The flight was suppose to take off from the New York airport at 9am Eastern Standard Time (EST) on July 14, but the passengers were informed that due to unavoidable reasons, the flight will be delayed for 13 hours and the plane will take off at 10:45pm EST.

Passengers came to the airport at the given time to find out the flight was further delayed for two hours. The flight finally took off at 2:30am EST with the delay of 17 hours. PIA officials did not provide any reasons for the delay.

On boarding, already frustrated passengers found PIA crew had failed to clean the plane after the last flight. They protested against the irresponsible and callous attitude of the crew, but to no avail.

After transporting 'special guests' of the prime minister to Jeddah, Flight PK-722 flew to New York without any passengers, which resulted in the loss of revenue.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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