Jinnah airport

This morning I was caught in the international rush out of Jinnah airport and the experience has not improved as the CAA promised it would several months ago. Of the six luggage scanners only 2 were operational; there was only one photocopying machine manned by perhaps the slowest operator in the world; and the immigration counters are too few to handle the dawn rush.

Not to say that the arrival at Heathrow was an expeditious affair, but it operates on a different scale altogether. If the country is serious about attracting investment and tourists, first impressions do matter. It’s not like we can afford to turn people off.

9 Comments so far

  1. xia (unregistered) on September 10th, 2006 @ 11:53 pm

    I agree 110%. Foreign investment, foregin buyers and even desis interested in doing business note these nuisances. This is one of the (many) reasons we have lost so much business to other countries in the area.

  2. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 12:25 am

    Thank God. We would not have more posts from CY. :-). Just Kidding Cy. It was nice to have different perspective of you. Couple of my friends are in Oxford and I will visit them next year inshAllah. See you then.

  3. Saqib (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 12:37 am

    took me 3 hrs to get out from heathrow cuz of the rush …. agree though that we need to improve Jinnah terminal …

  4. Imran Quadri (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 1:06 am

    hmm… thats too bad.. however, i also recently came from karachi to london, but i didnt had any problems what so ever, but there could be the factor that i was travelling in business class and i got out through the Fast Track system at london.

  5. Naeem (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 1:30 am

    Similar situation here. i came from karachi to london heathrow today. there was a huge rush at Jinnah Airport and i think there was some mixup between the passengers going on umrah and probably there were separate counters for them and all got mixed. While I was standing in the queue for Boarding in, the counter guy kept saying to the umrah passengers to load the luggage from somewhere else and not from where they normally take in.

    More importantly, not just the system but the people also need to change. Getting phone calls from ‘higher ups’ or whoever for releasing luggage and clearing immigration counters was a norm. Passengers, on the one hand, pack in more luggage than what is allowed and then unnecessarily argue to let it just go like that.

    while i was getting my boarding pass issued, suddenly from nowhere, some senior officer came to the counter officer and handing over a ticket to him said ‘is ka first class may checkin kardo jaldi say…saari responsibility meri hai’ …he put my ticket on the side and started checking in that ‘first class’ guy who apparently wasn’t nearby but this officer was sitting around for him.

    Once I went through the immigration stamp and went to the other officer who was sitting checking passports, i noticed he was talking to someone on his mobile and was saying ‘haan bhaij do mairay pass’ and his eyes seem to be scrolling here and there (probably finding someone)

    One more thing although not relevant to the subject, there are internet booths in the departure lounge, which provide free ‘internet service’ to passengers…apparently these did not work although i did try. i am not sure if anyone else did. maybe that particular computer wasn’t working!!

  6. Naeem Yakoob (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 1:34 am

    Yes, and not to mention the ‘excellent’ photocopy services!! although surprisingly he did not ask me for it this time but i have been a victim of this twice before. But today when i was coming, there was a lady with her children also on the flight to heathrow. she was asked to get photocopies of the passports of all her kids and herself.

    now i don’t understand it is their requirement to make photocopies. why in the world should we go and make photocopies and then pay Rs. 5 for each page of photocopy. i wonder how this works and who notices this high charge. even that woman was complaining …’aik aik page kay paanch rupay liay!!’..but i think she is 100% right.

  7. Karachi (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm


    SEE THE ANSWER AT karachi.blog.com

  8. JAY (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

    Just to correct few things here. There are a lot other departments who are involved in the process of checkin till departure. Blaming CAA for all this is not justified. Baggage belts are majorly being controlled by the customs staff and FIA. CAA officials are their but they cannot run more belts without the cooperation of these 2 agencies. Then checkin is sole responsibility of the Ground Handling Agent or the Airline staff. Then comes immigration which is also part of FIA and again CAA is not involved in it.
    In my view CAA is doing its best, i have never seen the escalators unserviceble or untideness inside the terminal area or the boarding gates having problems. In my view the airport is being maintained well. I flew abroad 18 times to and from karachi since last year.

  9. ROSE (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 3:29 am

    Cy stop bragging about your relations with the kantaa’s (thorns) here….did you deliver the package at the given address or not….?

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