ISLAMABAD: British Airways has announced this week it will begin flying direct from the Pakistani city of Lahore to London Heathrow four days a week, commencing on October 14, 2020.
The airline resumed flights to Pakistan after more than a decade last year in June. It first flew to Islamabad in 1976.
“The ‘City of Gardens’, Lahore, will be the second city in Pakistan that British Airways will connect to London, US and Canada, the British high commission said in a statement.
“The airline already flies every single day from Islamabad, connecting friends and family as well as business contacts,” the statement said, added that flights would be operated by a Boeing 787-8 departing from Heathrow Terminal 5 and landing at Lahore’s International Airport.
“The first ever British Airways flights to Lahore is a sign of confidence in Pakistan, and the deepening ties between our two countries,” British High Commissioner in Islamabad, Christian Turner, said. “I hope it will open up even more opportunities for business links, people-to-people ties and tourism.”
First ever @British_Airways to Lahore announced today. Another sign of deepening ties & opportunity for business, people-to-people links & tourism. @sayedzbukhari @SMQureshiPTI @PKAviation https://t.co/QOevKY9twR
— Christian Turner (@CTurnerFCDO) September 15, 2020
Moran Birger, Head of Sales for The Middle East and Asia Pacific, said: “Our new services from Lahore will connect two of Pakistan’s biggest cities with London, and offer seamless transfer options to Manchester, the United States and Canada.”
“This new flight from Lahore represents our continued investment in Pakistan, and we look forward to welcoming our customers on board,” Birger added.