ISLAMABAD: After resumption of operations in Pakistan, first flight of the British Airways landed at the Islamabad airport, carrying 240 passengers. British Airways resumed flight operations in Pakistan after 11 years. At the time of taking off from London, the airways crew gave passengers flowers and sweets.
Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari and Commerce Adviser Abdul Razak Dawood arrived at the airport to receive passengers.
In March, a British Airways spokesperson had announced that the first non-stop flight will leave from Heathrow on June 2 on a 787-8 Dreamliner. “The sale for tickets on this route is on and the introductory fare for summer holidays will start from £447 including all charges and taxes,” said the spokesman.
The spokesman had further clarified that flights will operate three times a week on a 787-8 Dreamliner which can be enhanced with a suitable environment.
British Airways halted services in 2008 in the wake of a suicide bombing attack that killed more than 50 people at Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel, at that time British Airways normally operated six flights a week between London and Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.