British Airways has landed in to Islamabad as it begins its first service between the UK and Pakistan in ten years. Crowds greeted the aircraft in Islamabad as both the Union Flag and Pakistan’s national flag were waved from the cockpit roof hatch.
British Airways has today announced that it will fly from Heathrow to Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, from June 2nd next year. The airline stopped flying to the country after the Marriott hotel in the capital, Islamabad, was bombed in 2008, killing more than 50 people.
Shaheen Air will launch European flights next month, with the start of a new service between Manchester Airport and Islamabad in Pakistan. The Pakistani airline will offer three services a week to Benazir Bhutto International Airport from March 15th A330-200 aircraft. The services will operate inbound on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
Qatar Airways has launched two new destinations in Pakistan, Sialkot and Faisalabad. The airline has commenced four weekly passenger services to Sialkot where it already operates dedicated freighter services. At the same time Qatar Airways added Faisalabad to its Pakistan network with three flights a week.
Emirates is making it even more convenient for passengers to connect with Karachi as it launches its sixth daily service to the city from August 1st. The Dubai-based carrier has served Karachi since it was founded in 1985, and in the past decade alone has transported over six million passengers on the route.
A raid by the Pakistani Taliban on Karachi international airport has left 28 people dead, including ten militants. The group attacked a terminal used for VIP flights and cargo at the airport late on Sunday night.
Nine tourists have been killed in a hotel in northern Pakistan during an assault in which gunmen are reported to have killed ten people. Five are thought to be from the Ukraine, one from Lithuania and three from China, according to reports.
Medical tourists travelling from the UK to destinations in Pakistan and India may have contracted a superbug resistant to virtually all known antibiotics, experts warn. A study in The Lancet finds bacteria that make an enzyme called NDM-1 have travelled back with NHS patients who went abroad for treatments such as cosmetic surgery.
The United States will hand over the first batch of four upgraded F-16s to Pakistan this week, giving the latter’s Air Force the capability to conduct night operations and use precision-guided munition in its operations against militants in the country’s northwest.
Five American men were convicted Thursday on terror charges by a Pakistani court and sentenced to 10 years in prison in a case that has heightened concerns about Westerners traveling to Pakistan to contact al-Qaida and other Islamist extremist groups.