British Airways announces return to Pakistan after 10 years

02:15 PM | 18 Dec, 2018
British Airways announces return to Pakistan after 10 years
ISLAMABAD — British Airways on Tuesday announced the resumption of its flight operation in Pakistan nearly after a decade.

The announcement was made during a press conference by an official of the airline while British High Commissioner Richard Crowder, Adviser to PM for Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production, and Investment of Pakistan Abdul Razak Dawood and Special Assistant to PM Zulfi Bukhari were also present.

Britain's national flag carrier will start its flight operation from June 2019 after a suspension in 2008.

The airline, in its initial phase, will operate 3 weekly flights between London and Islamabad by the newest long-haul aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and with a return, fares starting from £499 (Rs89,000).

Addressing a presser in Islamabad, the official of the British High Commission termed restoration of peace in  Pakistan as a ‘good omen.’

Zulfi Bukhari termed the announcement as 'groundbreaking' and said that the resume of flight operations is a huge achievement for Pakistan.

"It's a huge step for this government that it has given foreign investors that security to come back," he added.

Director General of ISPR Major General Asif Ghaffor also took to Twitter and lauded the security forces for a restoration of peace and stability in the country.

"The dividends of decades long struggle of Pakistani nation and its security forces for restoration of peace and stability in the country are on the way. Thanks to @British_Airways for reviving its flight operations in Pakistan," read the tweet.

The fights were suspended in September 2008 after the attack on Marriot hotel in Islamabad.

The attack, which happened on 20 September 2008, killed more than 53 people and injured around 250, including six Britons. British Airways at that time normally operated six fights a week between London and Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 23 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 23, 2024 (Friday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro comes down to 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 75.95 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.5 282.45
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.95 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.60 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.76 77.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.87
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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