To finalise the details of the agreement with British Airways to resume services to Pakistan after a hiatus of more than 10 years, Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood met a team of the British flag carrier on Tuesday.
Dawood termed British Airways’ decision to be largely driven by the improving security situation of Pakistan, adding that British Airways’ return is an endorsement that Pakistan is open for business. “The sustained and persistent actions of the government of Pakistan have resulted in creating confidence in the world community for increased investment,” Dawood said. “We would extend all support for the revival of British Airways because it will have a very positive bearing upon tourism, trade and investment of the country,’ he added.
Dawood went on to say that connectivity with the airline would help boost tourism in Pakistan. According to the adviser, the government has made a concerted effort to open Pakistan for trade and tourism. British Airways has decided to return to Pakistan and resume its flight operation in Islamabad from June 2.
The airline had suspended its operations in Pakistan on September 2008. The route will launch as a three-per-week service, operated on a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner – British Airways’ newest long-haul fleet.