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Monday, April 15, 2024

Virgin Atlantic to increase flight operations in Pakistan

Virgin Atlantic had initiated flight operations to Pakistan back in 2020.

Virgin Atlantic Airlines have announced to increase the flight operations to Pakistan. The number of flights operated from Lahore and Islamabad to the UK will be increased.

According to the details, Virgin Atlantic will operate five two-way flights from Lahore. The flights will be operated on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from Lahore to London. The airline will also operate four flights from Islamabad and the new schedule will be applicable from January 11, 2023. Virgin Atlantic had initiated flight operations to Pakistan back in 2020.

Earlier, in February, Virgin Atlantic had announced to avoid the airspace of Russia, increasing the travel distance between Britain and India or Pakistan by 15 to 60 minutes.

Read more: British Airways resumed operations for Islamabad: reports

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused to customers by slightly longer flight times,” a spokesperson said.

“The safety and security of our customers and people always come first and we’re monitoring the situation in Ukraine and Russia extremely carefully following the escalation of conflict, continuing to operate in full compliance with relevant safety regulators, authorities, and governments.”

Earlier this month, British Airways resumed flight operations to Islamabad after a halt of two months. British Airways had stopped flight operations in Pakistan two months back due to technical reasons.

Reports state Civil Aviation Authority had issued a permission letter to British Airways. The airline will be required to follow the assigned flight route as well as pay the aeronautical charges. The airline will not be allowed to carry spying or military equipment as per the Standard Operating Procedure. Also, the airline will be required to notify CAA before the delay in flights.

The flights had been suspended between Islamabad Airport and London Heathrow Airport back in June.

The spokesperson denied the reports of suspending the flight operations due to the unavailability of fuel as baseless and fake. The flight operations between Islamabad and London will be resumed soon, he added.