British Airways launches new Heathrow-Islamabad route

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British Airways will start a new three-weekly Boeing 787 Dreamliner route from London Heathrow Airport to Islamabad – the capital of Pakistan – from 2 June, 2019.

The carrier returns to Pakistan after previously servicing the country and will fly into the newly constructed Islamabad International Airport which opened in May this year and will handled handle nine million passengers in the first phase and after its expansion, it will be able to servce 25 million passengers a year by 2025.

Head of Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Robert William said the carrier believe the new link will be particularly popular with the British Pakistani community who want to visit, or be visited by, their relatives.

Pakistan British High Commissioner, Thomas Drew said the return will give a particular boost to growing trade and investment links and the airline joins an increasing number of British companies doing business in Pakistan.

British Airways has a long history of flying to the city and offered its first scheduled flights between London and the Pakistani capital in 1976.

Islamabad is one of four long-haul routes being launched by British Airways in 2019, its centenary year. The airline is also launching direct flights to Pittsburgh and Charleston in the US and Osaka in Japan alongside  several short-haul routes.