British Airways to Resume Flights to Pakistan After a Decade

Operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the service will run three times a week.

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After a 10-year hiatus, British Airways has announced that it will resume flights from London to Islamabad in summer next year. The airline started flying to the Pakistani capital in 1976 but halted the service following a major bombing at a Marriott hotel.

Come June 2, 2019, flights from Heathrow to the new Islamabad International airport will operate thrice-weekly on a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Following the opening of the new airport, the flag carrier of United Kingdom looks set to be the first western airline to resume flights to the South Asian destination. At the moment, Pakistan International Airlines is the only airline to run nonstop flights from the UK, with routes from Manchester, Birmingham, as well as Heathrow.

The decision to relaunch the flights was due to the improved security in the Islamabad. Case in point: Road checkpoints which existed for more than a decade across the city have mostly been removed.

Pakistani officials also noted that the resumed flights will give foreign investors more confidence in the country.

Robert Williams, British Airways head of sales for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, said: “On the route, customers will enjoy the very best in flying. Not only is it being operated on our newest long-haul aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but it will also be landing into the new airport in Islamabad, which opened earlier this year.”

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