ISLAMABAD: British Airways has decided to operate direct flights from Lahore to London Heathrow four days a week, from October 14.
On a social media website Twitter, the British High Commission Islamabad said flights will be operated by a Boeing 787-8.
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Christian Turner called the “first-ever” British Airways flights to Lahore “a sign of confidence in Pakistan and the deepening ties between the two countries”.
برٹش ایئرویز نےلاہور سے لندن ہیتھرو کیلئے براہ راست پروازوں کا آج اعلان کیا ہے- برٹش ایئرویز 14 اکتوبر 2020 سے ہفتہ میں چار دن لاہور ، پاکستان سے لندن ہیتھرو کے لئے براہ راست پرواز شروع کرے گی #UKPakDostihttps://t.co/QOevKY9twR
“I hope it will open up even more opportunities for business links, people-to-people ties and tourism,” he added.
Moran Birger, British Airways’ head of sales for the Middle East and the Asia Pacific, said in a statement the new flight operations will connect two of Pakistan’s biggest cities with London, and offer seamless transfer options to Manchester, the United States and Canada.
He further said, “Following the relaunch of services from Islamabad to Heathrow earlier this year, this new flight from Lahore represents our continued investment in Pakistan”.
Following a halt due to the COVID-109 plague, the airline resumed flight operations to Islamabad in August.
“The resumption 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 pandemic,” Dr Turner had said at the time.
Earlier, British Airways was seeking permission from Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) to start operating flights to Lahore, as a team of experts from the airline visited Allama Iqbal International Airport to review arrangements.
The airline, which resumed flights to Pakistan after more than a decade last year in June, already flies to Islamabad. The carrier first flew to Islamabad in 1976.