ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army has welcomed British Airways’ decision to resume its direct flight between Islamabad and Heathrow, London after ten years. Army’s spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor called the resumption of BA flight as the dividends of decades-long struggle of Pakistani nation and its security forces for the restoration of peace and stability’.”Thanks to British Airways for reviving its flight operations in Pakistan,” DG ISPR tweeted.
The British Airways (BA) Tuesday announced to resume flight operations to Pakistan after as many as 10 years. The announcement was made by BA’s Head of Asia Pacific and Middle East Sales Robert Williams in a joint press conference with Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari and Commerce Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood.
BA, which is owned by Spanish-registered IAG, is due to begin the London Heathrow-Islamabad service on June 15, with three weekly flights by the airline’s newest long-haul aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. “It’s exciting to be flying between Islamabad and Heathrow from next year, which we believe will be particularly popular with British Pakistanis who want to visit, or be visited by, their relatives,” Williams said.
“On the route, customers will enjoy the very best in flying. Not only is it being operated by our newest long-haul aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but it will also be landing in the new airport in Islamabad, which opened earlier this year.”
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy British High Commissioner to Pakistan Richard Crowder acknowledged Pakistan Army and nation’s sacrifice in the war against terrorism.
Dawood, on the occasion, said that the government will provide a better transport system from Rawalpindi to the Airport, adding that he has informed about the inadequate resources to the premier. “We want maximum British investment to Pakistan,” said Dawood.
Further, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew said in Urdu language that BA’s return was a “reflection of the great improvements” in security. “The links between Britain and Pakistan are already extraordinary – from culture and cricket to people, politics and education,” Drew added in a statement. “I see this launch as a vote of confidence in the future of those links.”
The announcement came after Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to revitalise Pakistan’s struggling tourism industry in effort to bring in much-needed revenue to its fragile economy.
Robert Williams, Head of Sales for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, said: “It’s exciting to be flying between Islamabad and Heathrow from next year, which we believe will be particularly popular with the British Pakistani community who want to visit, or be visited by, their relatives. 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 in to the new airport in Islamabad, which opened earlier this year.”
Thomas Drew CMG, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, said:“I am delighted to be welcoming British Airways back to Pakistan. The launch of direct flights by British Airways between London Heathrow and Islamabad’s new International Airport is excellent news for both countries. The links between Britain and Pakistan are already extraordinary – from culture and cricket, to people, politics and education. I see this launch as a vote of confidence in the future of those links – and, of course, a reflection of the great improvements in the security situation in Pakistan in recent years. The return of British Airways will give a particular boost to our growing trade and investment links. British Airways itself joins an increasing number of British companies doing business in Pakistan. I hope too that it will allow more people from the UK to discover, like I have, what a beautiful country Pakistan is. I look forward to using the service myself when flight start in June.”