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Reunite with family and friends with Emirates special fares

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Emirates Airlines are offering special reduced rates to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Having launched on Thursday 26th and running until Monday 6th November 2017, Emirates sale is offering incredible prices on fares to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, making it easier to meet family and friends in time for winter.

The sale includes Economy Class fares from London Gatwick to Mumbai (from £369), Birmingham to Islamabad (from £419) and Newcastle to Dhaka (from £455).

The destinations these flights depart from include; London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow to a range of major cities across Asia.

The travel dates on offer from London Heathrow are all 31 October – 7 December 2017 and 31 December – 22 March 2018, with travel to Mumbai and Delhi both at £395.00, while Bangalore is priced at £429.00. Travel to Islamabad and Lahore are both priced at £435.00 while Dhaka is £469.00, these prices are for economy class.

Again, the travel dates from London Gatwick are the 31 October – 7 December 2017 and from 31 December 2017 – 22 March 2018. Prices to Mumbai start at £369.00, while fares to Delhi and Bangalore are £365.00 and £399.00 start from respectively. Fares to Islamabad and Lahore both start at £405.00, while Dhaka starts at £439.00, these prices are for economy class.

Birmingham’s dates also match the London Gatwick and London Heathrow dates and all prices shown are economy class only and are what the fares start at. Prices to Mumbai start at £385.00 and Delhi £379.00. Fares to Bangalore start from £415.00 while both Islamabad and Lahore start at £419.00. Fares to Dhaka start at £455.00.

Manchester’s fares are also economy class and the same dates previously stated for the other destinations. Prices to Mumbai start at £399.00, Delhi £395.00, while prices to Bangalore start at £429.00 with Islamabad and Lahore at £435.00, prices to Dhaka start at £469.00.

Newcastle’s prices shown are also for economy class and for the dates which have been previously stated. Prices to Delhi start at £379.00 while Mumbai starts at £385.00. Bangalore and Islamabad both start at £415.00. Lahore is £425.00 while Dhaka prices start at £455.00

 The final destination which is offering these special fares is Glasgow and as was the case with the other ones all fares shown are for economy class and from 31 October – 7 December and 31 December 2017 – 22 March 2018. Delhi starts at £395.00 while Mumbai starts at £399.00. Bangalore starts at £429.00, Islamabad starts at £435.00 as does Lahore. Dhaka starts at £469.00.

 *Terms and conditions apply. Book by 6th November 2017. Featured fares include all taxes and charges, subject to availability. Economy Class fares valid for travel between 31st October – 7th December 2017 and 31stDecember 2017 – 22nd March 2018. Featured fares are based on payment by debit card. Emirates applies a charge for credit card and PayPal payments. Date exclusions apply. Changes before departure are not permitted. After departure, 1 free of charge change is permitted on the inbound journey. The ticket is non-refundable. Terms and conditions apply.

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Emirates and seven other airlines banned from electronic devices in carry-on luggage for US-bound flights

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Passengers travelling to the US on flights from eight different countries will be banned from carrying laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in their carry-on luggage. The reason for the ban is not immediately clear.

The ban was revealed on Monday and will effect nine airlines travelling non-stop to the US from ten international airports serving the cities of Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The ban includes devices bigger than a mobile phone or smartphone from cabins, with no end date for the ban announced.

Medical devices are excluded from the ban, everything else would need to be packed in checked luggage.

A US government official said such a ban has been considered for several weeks.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly phoned politicians over the weekend to brief them on aviation security issues that have prompted the impending electronics ban, according to a congressional aide.

The ban begins just before a meeting of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Washington on Wednesday 2nd March. A number of top Arab officials are expected to attend the State Department gathering.

Brian Jenkins, an aviation security expert at US-based think tank Rand Corporation, says the nature of the security measure suggests it is driven by intelligence of a possible attack. He says there could be concern about inadequate passenger screening or even conspiracies involving insiders, airport or airline employees, in some countries.

Jeffrey Price at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado, says there are disadvantages to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage. Thefts from baggage will skyrocket, as when the UK tried a similar ban in 2006, he says, and it is easier to detect battery fires in the cabin than in the cargo hold.

Most major airports in the US have a computer tomography (CT) scanner for checked baggage, which creates a detailed picture of a bag’s contents. They can warn an operator of potentially dangerous material, and may provide better security than the X-ray machines used to screen passengers and their carry-on bags. All checked baggage will be screened for explosives.

 


The nine airlines affected

Emirates

Etihad Airways

Turkish Airlines

Saudi Arabian Airlines

Kuwait Airways

Royal Jordanian

Egypt Air

Royal Air Maroc

Qatar Airways


 

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Missing schoolgirls ‘in Al-Raqqa’

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MISSING: Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, were captured on CCTV at Gatwick Airport and are now believed to have join IS in Syria

MISSING: Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, were captured on CCTV at Gatwick Airport and are now believed to have join IS in Syria

Prime Minister vows to introduce new laws to disrupt Brits flying to join extremists

The search for three British teenagers, who left their London homes last month to join up with the Islamic State in Syria, have crossed the border to the war-torn nation, Sky Sources report.

Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, are believed to be staying in the town of Al-Raqqa, with a British host who the group had contacted before their departure.

LAW: Prime Minister David Cameron says the new laws will help prevent suspected extremists from travelling out of the UK and urged internet firms to ‘do more’ to combat the risk

LAW: Prime Minister David Cameron says the new laws will help prevent suspected extremists from travelling out of the UK and urged internet firms to ‘do more’ to combat the risk

Last week the girls were seen in CCTV footage boarding a coach in Turkey and it is from there that they are believed to have crossed over into Syria.

All three girls, students at Bethnal Green Academy, London, had not told their parents where they were travelling having said they were just meeting friends on the day.

In response to the latest update, Britain looked set to introduce new laws on Tuesday which would attempt to stop airlines carrying passengers who they believe to be at risk of joining IS militants in Iraq and Syria.

Security services estimate that around 600 Britons have travelled to the two nations to join militant groups, with no legislation currently in place to stop the passengers.

Under the proposed new laws, Home Secretary Theresa May would be able to prevent airlines from carrying passengers, including children, believed to be travelling to take part in ‘terrorism-related activity’ on known routes, such as those into Syria, according to a Home Office statement.

“This important legislation will disrupt the ability of people to travel abroad to fight and then return,” James Brokenshire, a junior minister for security in May's department, said in the statement.

“It will also enhance our ability to monitor and control the actions of those who pose a threat,” he added.

The rules would require airlines to seek permission to carry such passengers. An automatic system based on passenger lists provided by airlines would flag high-risk travellers and stop them boarding aircraft.

PROTECTION: All airports will be affected by the new legislation expected to be introduced this week

PROTECTION: All airports will be affected by the new legislation expected to be introduced this week

The new powers are part of Britain's efforts to stop foreign fighters from entering Syria via commercial flights and come weeks after the three London schoolgirls fled Britain to join up with Islamic State through Turkey.

Turkish Airlines (THYAO.IS) has previously said it was helping a government investigation into the case but that it was only responsible for checking visas.

Prime Minister David Cameron has also urged internet firms to do more to tackle online extremism after it was revealed the three girls had used Twitter to contact other women involved with Islamic State.

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PIA’s latest nightmare journey

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A pilot from Swindon said he was ‘appalled’ by the number of problems he encountered on a recent visit to Pakistan, with PIA airlines once again at the centre of the controversy.

Four-hour delays, lost luggage, ‘terrible customer service’, and an overflowing toilet down the aisles, are just some of the issues 52-year-old Zafar Chaudhry says he was forced to endure when dealing with the airline.

After travelling to Pakistan in April last year, he decided to recently report his nightmare story to the Asian Express after seeing a rise in incidents surrounding PIA.

“I just felt that the standard of the airline, from the top of the organisation to the bottom, was so poor that I had to report it,” he said.

“It was only the second time I have flown with PIA and how they handled all the issues of my trip was just appalling.”

ANGRY: Zafar Chaudhry, pictured with his ticket, says he was disappointed with the level of customer service offered to him by PIA staff and believes they ‘do not put the customer first’

ANGRY: Zafar Chaudhry, pictured with his ticket, says he was disappointed with the level of customer service offered to him by PIA staff and believes they ‘do not put the customer first’

Recently, the South Asian airline has come under a lot of criticism from passengers who have felt the service being offered to them is well below par.

News of a pilot attempting to board the plane drunk last year, and a host of long delays, have proved detrimental to the airline’s reputation, which is often favoured by passengers flying from the UK, due to its direct flight to Pakistan.

Mr Chaudhry, a pilot for 20 years, was flying out to Pakistan, as a passenger, on the 20th April last year when his first plane was delayed for four hours.

After arriving in Islamabad he was then unable to locate any PIA staff to direct him to where he could get his connecting flight from, almost making him miss the plane.

“I was looking for more than 20 minutes for a member of staff from the airline as I do not know the way around Islamabad airport at all,” he explained.

“I finally got directions from a member of security and thankfully caught my plane to Karachi.”

Upon arriving at his destination, Mr Chaudhry was informed that his luggage had not been on the plane and would have to come back the following day to collect it.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “The plane could not carry everybody’s luggage, it was too small, so they just left it without even telling us. They offered no compensation, so I was wearing the same clothes I had been travelling in for two days.

“I got given a number to call the following day which I did at around 2.30pm and got told to call back at 3pm. I phone them then, they said call back in ten minutes.

“I did, and they said phone back in ten minutes again until eventually after doing that about five times I got told to pick up my luggage at 6pm.

“When I went back, I had to hire a car to get from my location to the airport, which was about 20 miles away, only to be told my luggage would be at the PIA base, at a different location.”

Mr Chaudhry was finally reunited with his personal belongings yet his problems with the airline did not finish there.

“On the way back to the UK, there were even more problems,” he explained. “The warm food we were offered was so cold it was uneatable and once again the staff were rude.”

CRITICISED: Pakistan International Airlines remain a popular airline for many passengers flying from Britain due to its direct route to Pakistan

CRITICISED: Pakistan International Airlines remain a popular airline for many passengers flying from Britain due to its direct route to Pakistan

He added: “About 30 minutes before we were due to land, the toilet on board the plane had clogged up and the liquid from it had leaked under the door and was running down the aisle as we began our descent.

“It smelt horrible but still nothing was done.”

Despite a number of complaints made to the airlines Mr Chaudhry was only offered £65 in compensation and 3,000 AirMiles, with terms and conditions attached.

“I initially thought that’s great when I heard about the AirMiles,” he explained.

“Only to then be told that they had to be used before the end of the year and a 30 day period had to be given before they were. Also they could not be used in conjunction with cash.

“So I sat down to see where the 3,000 AirMiles could take me and they were literally useless. The cheapest one-way flight to Pakistan, in economy, was 11,000 AirMiles, so what I had been given was useless compensation.”

Mr Chaudhry added that he had flown numerous times with other airlines, and ‘none of them are perfect yet they at least admit when they make mistakes and compensate for it’.

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