British Airways to resume flights to Pakistan after 10 years

ISLAMABAD: The British Airways on Tuesday announced to resume flight operations to Pakistan after as many as 10 years. The announcement was made by BA’s Head of Asia Pacific and Middle East Sales Robert Williams in a joint press conference with State Overseas Minister Zulfi Bukhari and Commerce Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood.

The BA representative said that the three-per-week flight operations will start from June 15, 2019 from Heathrow and New Islamabad International Airport, with tickets on sale from today starting at £499 return.

He said that the route would be operated by the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner landing into the newly-opened airport in Islamabad and Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London. “It’s exciting to be flying between Islamabad and Heathrow from next year, which we believe will be particularly popular with British Pakistanis who want to visit, or be visited by, their relatives,” Williams said.

“On the route, customers will enjoy the very best in flying. Not only is it being operated by our newest long-haul aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but it will also be landing in to the new airport in Islamabad, which opened earlier this year.”

British Airways returns to Pakistan.  Direct flights from London Heathrow to Islamabad’s new airport start in June.  A further boost to links between the UK and Pakistan – especially on trade and investment.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy British High Commissioner to Pakistan Richard Crowder acknowledged Pakistan Army and nation’s sacrifice in the war against terrorism. Razzaq Dawood, on the occasion, said that the government will provide a better transport system from Rawalpindi to the Airport, adding that he has informed about the inadequate resources to the premier. “We want maximum British investment to Pakistan,” said Dawood. The Pakistan Army spokesperson called the resumption of BA flight resumption, ‘the dividends of decades long struggle of Pakistani nation and its security forces for restoration of peace and stability’.