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British Airways has announced to suspend its flight operations to Lahore. The discontinuation of flight operations from Lahore, Pakistan to London, Heathrow will come into effect in April 2021, the UK airline announced in a tweet.

“Unfortunately, we’ve made a number of changes to our summer schedule, and flights to Lahore will cease in April. Should this route suspension change it will be updated,” it tweeted.

The announcement has come months after the UK airline resumed their flights to Pakistan in June 2019 after decades. However, the airline is currently still operating in Lahore and Islamabad. “Our network and our schedules continue to remain fluid as we react to the global pandemic,” a British Airways spokesperson stated.

Read more: British Airways will slash 12,000 jobs due to fallout from coronavirus

The airline operates direct flights to Lahore four days a week, and it had first started direct flight operations to Lahore back in October 2020.

British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr. Christian Turner said, “The first-ever British Airways flights to Lahore is a sign of confidence in Pakistan, and the deepening ties between our two countries. I hope it will open up even more opportunities for business links, people-to-people ties, and tourism.”

Whereas, the airline’s flight operation in Islamabad occurs every day to connect businesses and families.

Read more: British Airways to resume flights to Pakistan

Moran Birger, Head of Sales for The Middle East and the Asia Pacific, also expressed delight in the expansion of the operations of British Airways in Pakistan.

“We are delighted to start direct flights four times a week from Lahore to London offering convenient travel options for customers flying for leisure or business.

“Our new services from Lahore will connect two of Pakistan’s biggest cities with London, and offer seamless transfer options to Manchester, the United States, and Canada.

“Following the relaunch of services from Islamabad to Heathrow earlier this year, this new flight from Lahore represents our continued investment in Pakistan, and we look forward to welcoming our customers on board,” said Birger.

Read more: British Airways returns to Pakistan after a decade

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