The UK’s primary airline, British Airways, has planned to resume direct flights between London and Islamabad as of right today.
British Airways has reportedly received a letter of authorization from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The airline will have to adhere to the designated flight path and pay all applicable aeronautical fees.
According to protocol, the airline will not be permitted to transport spy or military equipment. Additionally, any flights that may be canceled or delayed must be reported in advance to CAA.
It should be mentioned that British Airways declared roughly two months ago that it would temporarily stop operating flights to Islamabad due to some operational difficulties.
British Airways stated in December 2018 that they would start flying again to Pakistan after a ten-year gap. Due to Pakistan’s deteriorating law and order situation, the airline decided to halt operations in 2008.
The efforts and sacrifices of the military forces and other law enforcement agencies led to an improvement in the country’s law and order situation, which allowed the flights to restart.
A British Airways security team visited Pakistan in January 2019 to ascertain if the necessary security measures are in place at all of the nation’s international airports.
Later that month, in June, the first British Airways flight to land in Pakistan in ten years carried 240 people. To signal the start of the flight again, the airline flew a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
After then, British Airways discontinued flying to Pakistan for about four months due to the coronavirus epidemic. In August 2020, the operations were once again resumed.
The airline began operating flights between Lahore and London in October 2020; British Airways announced the discontinuation of Lahore flight operations in January 2021.