ISLAMABAD: With British Airways’ first flight set to land on the Islamabad airport on Monday (tomorrow) after a decade-long hiatus, British High Commissioner Thomas Drew has stated the airline’s resuming operations is testomony to Pakistan’s enhancing safety state of affairs.
The British envoy spoke out through Twitter in a video message, saying: “This can be a massive day for the UK and Pakistan as the primary flight of British Airways new direct service takes off from London’s Heathrow, headed right here to Islamabad.”
Drew added: “Britain’s flag service is again, the 2 nations are already so shut in so some ways and this can solely carry us nearer.”
He stated that British Airways is the primary European airline to return to Pakistan after greater than 10 years. “This flight is an emblem of the extraordinary hyperlinks between our two nations, from commerce tradition and cricket to individuals politics and schooling.”
The highest diplomat additionally stated, “I see this new service as a vote of confidence in the way forward for these links it would give a specific enhance to commerce and funding.”
The primary flight of British Airways (BA- 261) is ready to reach on the Islamabad Worldwide Airport on June three at 9:25am.
Some 240 passengers will arrive by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with Pakistani and British flags of their arms, the aviation division’s spokesperson stated.
The identical plane, as flight BA- 260, will depart for Heathrow at 11:10am with passengers on board from Islamabad .
Later within the day, Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdur Razak Dawood and Particular Assistant to Prime Minister on Data Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan together with British Increased Commissioner Thomas Drew, Chief Industrial Officer British Airways Andrew Brem will maintain a joint information convention.
As per the flight programme throughout the summer season season, British Airways will fly thrice per week between Heathrow and Islamabad.
Contemplating presence of enormous Pakistani diaspora in the UK, the BA flights will present a handy connection between the 2 nations.
A number of different main air operators have additionally proven eager curiosity in initiating operations to the federal capital.
A giant day for the UK and Pakistan. @British_Airways first flight on its new direct service to Islamabad takes off from London Heathrow this afternoon. It could sit up for a heat welcome when it lands right here tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/S18Jr27QXW
— Thomas Drew (@TomDrewUK) June 2, 2019