British Airways Resumes Flights to Pakistan After 10 Years

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More than 10 years after suspending its services to Pakistan, British Airways resumed its flights to the country.

The flagship carrier of Britain had suspended its services to Pakistan bomb blasts at the Marriott hotel in Islamabad which claimed 50 lives in 2008.

The airline will now fly three times a week from London Heathrow to Islamabad with Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

British Airways is the only western carrier to resume its service to Pakistan. Previously, only the Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan's flagship carrier, was flying direct flights between Islamabad and London.

A bomb was detonated in a dumper truck outside Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel in September 2008. The blast killed 54 people and injured about 250 persons.

Shortly after the blast, the British Airways stopped running flights to Pakistan saying that the airline cannot “compromise on the safety of our customers, staff or planes."

In December 2018, the airline had announced its plans to resume flights to Islamabad stating that both security and congestion concerns have been eased by the opening of new airport in capital of Pakistan.

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