Virgin Atlantic airline suspends services to Pakistan

posted on 14th February 2023 by Eddie Saunders
Virgin Atlantic airline suspends services to Pakistan

Virgin Atlantic, a popular UK-based airline, has announced the suspension of its services to Pakistan due to ongoing concerns about the country’s aviation safety.

The decision, which was made after a thorough review of the airline’s operations in the country, comes as a disappointment to many travelers.

The airline had been operating flights between London Heathrow and Islamabad since December 2020, after a 13-year hiatus from the market.

The move was widely seen as a sign of confidence in Pakistan’s aviation industry and the country’s economic potential.

However, Virgin Atlantic’s decision to suspend services to Pakistan comes after the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) raised concerns about Pakistan’s aviation safety standards.

The CAA issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) in early February 2023, advising UK airlines to avoid flying in and out of certain airports in Pakistan due to safety concerns.

Virgin Atlantic has stated that the safety and security of its customers and crew are of paramount importance, and the decision to suspend services to Pakistan was made after a thorough review of the situation and consultation with relevant authorities.

The suspension of Virgin Atlantic’s services to Pakistan is likely to have an impact on the country’s tourism industry and its overall economic growth.

Pakistan has been working to promote itself as a tourist destination in recent years, and the resumption of flights by major airlines like Virgin Atlantic was seen as a positive step in this direction.

The Pakistani government has expressed disappointment at Virgin Atlantic’s decision to suspend services to the country, and has pledged to work with the airline and other international carriers to address the safety concerns raised by the CAA.

In the meantime, passengers who have already booked flights with Virgin Atlantic to Pakistan are advised to contact the airline for rebooking options or refunds. Other airlines, including Pakistan International Airlines, British Airways, and Emirates, continue to operate services to Pakistan.