British Airways announces return to Pakistan after 10 years

  • The airline will start its flight operations, suspended since, from June next year
Pakistan

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.