British Airways returns to Pakistan and people can’t be happier
After a 10-year gap, Bristish Airways has announced that it will be returning to Pakistan and people cannot be happier.
“Here to announce that after more than ten years British Airways is returning to Pakistan. Starting June 2019. Flights from ISB to London Heathrow,” British Airways Asia head Robert Williams announced.
The airline will initiate flight operations from July 2019.
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew said the move will strengthen ties between Pakistan and the United Kingdom.
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. @British_Airways pic.twitter.com/TGEjopOVx1
— Thomas Drew (@TomDrewUK) December 18, 2018
Advisor to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Sayed Zulfi Bukhari said he was glad to have helped in his humble capacity.
— Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) December 18, 2018
Former Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said he was very pleased due to the move. He added that it was the efforts of himself and Thomas Drew that it has happened.
Very pleased to hear British Airways starting service to Pakistan. I strongly took up this issue with British Home Secretary in my last visit of UK in April, 2018. British HC @TomDrewUK too worked hard to get it revived. https://t.co/Rx3Y2iLMcS
— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) December 18, 2018
There’s nothing better than a good Desi Biryani. British Airways is in for a total treat.
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) December 18, 2018
People are lauding Zulfi Bukhari for the airlines return to Pakistan.
After a decade, @British_Airways resuming its flights to Pakistan from June 2019. British Airways will be the first European carrier to return to Pak as Pakistan returns to peace through effective policies by Govt. Great Work @sayedzbukhari
— Mahmood Moulvi (@MoulviMahmood) December 18, 2018
‘I am sure the decision is based on improved security situation in Pakistan’
Revival of British Airways flights to Pakistan are welcome. I am sure the decision is based on improved security Situation in Pakistan. Hopefully other European airlines will follow suit. Look forward to seamless, convenient and direct flights to London. Kudos to @TomDrewUK https://t.co/X6YXKF7K3r
— Jalil Abbas Jilani (@JalilJilani) December 18, 2018
In September 2008, British Airways suspended flight operations in Pakistan indefinitely after the suicide attack on Marriott Hotel in Islamabad.