British Airways has announced that it will resume flight operations to Pakistan from the United Kingdom, British High Commission in Islamabad stated on Thursday, gesturing the continued importance of ties between the two countries.
The British airline said it would begin direct flights three times a week to and from Heathrow Airport and Islamabad.
The first flight from UK will land in Islamabad on 14 August, and will be taking extra precautionary measures for the safety of its crew and passengers, it had said.
The announcement came as another important step in reconnecting the trade ties and people-to-people ties between the UK and Pakistan.
The British High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner said on the occasion that the reopening of British Airways direct flights is a big boost for the hundreds of thousands of travelers who travel regularly between our two great nations, many who have had their travel plans disrupted by the global pandemic.
— Christian Turner (@CTurnerFCDO) July 30, 2020
He further showed gratitude towards the Government of Pakistan, British Airways and team in Pakistan who have worked relentlessly to deliver this welcome news.
The carrier’s direct flights restarted in June 2019 after a break of 10 years. It had first flown to Islamabad in 1976.
From London Heathrow the flights will be on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, departing at 20:30 and arriving in Islamabad at 04:20. From Islamabad flights will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, departing at 06:15 and arriving in London at 15:00, said the airline.