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    UAE Airlines cancels some Pakistan flights; Expats’ travel plans affected – News

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    Some scheduled flights from the United Arab Emirates to Pakistan are being canceled, keeping affected passengers in a state of flux. Many will have to fulfill their Eid al-Fitr travel plans after receiving an email from the airlines about the cancellation.

    Authorities in Pakistan previously announced a reduction in inbound flights to curb the increasing number of new coronovirus cases in the country. The UAE’s largest carriers Emirates and Etihad have canceled flights in line with Pakistani government directives.

    Pakistani citizens in the UAE, who had planned to spend Eid with their loved ones, were surprised after receiving the notice of demonetisation.

    “I got the shock of my life when I got an e-mail from Emirates that my flight was canceled. Our holiday was hopping, the bags were almost packed and the children waited anxiously. But now I have to open my bag with a heavy heart, ”said Tanveer Ahmed, a resident.

    Tanveer, an email from Emirates, says: “Your flight EK622 from Dubai to Lahore has been canceled with further connections if any … We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

    A spokesperson for Etihad Airways said in a statement to Khaleej Times that following the rules being updated by Pakistan authorities from May 5, a limit would be placed on the number of international passengers going to and from Pakistan.

    “As a result, Etihad Airways is temporarily reducing its passenger flights between Abu Dhabi and Pakistan from May 5 to 20,” the statement said.

    The Abu Dhabi-based national carrier said, “Etihad is working to increase the capacity of the aircraft for flights that allow it to operate, and by contacting affected guests to re-establish their travel and travel plans.” Is working to organize. “

    UAE Airlines said passengers can book their flights or claim refunds at a later date.

    Pakistan’s National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) last week announced an 80 percent reduction in inbound international flights from 5 to 20 May. As a result, the number of inbound international flights in Pakistan will be reduced from 590 to 123 per week.

    Sharjah resident Abul Hasan said: “My concern started when Pakistan announced … I was planning to fly two days before Eid al-Fitr, but the cancellation has ruined my plans . “

    Ahmed called on Pakistani authorities to at least let the vaccinated passengers go home. “When other countries are allowing entry of vaccinated travelers, why can’t Pakistan?”

    waheedabbas@khaleejtimes.com




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