Another big and amazing news for all the Pakistani people. The world is recognizing the potential that our country has and the point of view of all the countries having the big say is changing. Now you can easily take Lahore to London flights with another big airline carrier of the world. Yes, you heard it right and it’s none other than Virgin Atlantic which is going to launch direct flights from Pakistan to London. Here are all the details that you want to know about this big news. Keep reading on to find that out.
One of the best and well-known British airlines Virgin Atlantic is going to begin its direct flights from and to Pakistan the next week. The PCAA Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority announced that the very first flight will be landing in Lahore at one and only Allama Iqbal International Airport for the very first time in history on December 14 morning.The news also adds that the plane will be departing London on December 13, 2020.
The British airlines Virgin Atlantic will be operating four direct flights each week one from Lahore to London and London to Lahore and three from London to Islamabad and Islamabad to London. Reports also said that the Virgin Atlantic airline had applied for authorization to operate for Lahore to Manchester flights as well, but still it had not yet been granted permission.
Meanwhile, the Virgin Atlantic Cargo will also be beginning its operations in Pakistan from London Heathrow Airport to Lahore and Lahore to London from December 7. It means that has already been started yesterday. Air Cargo Eye reported this very news. The Manchester to Islamabad freight department will be going live on December 10, 2020. Additionally, the frequency from Heathrow to Islamabad will begin on December 12, 2020.
The reports also state that more than 66 flights will be operating each month under the new cargo services provided by Virgin Atlantic Airlines. The carrier said it introduced the service due to increasing imports and exports between Europe and Pakistan. Pakistan exported about 1.68 billion US dollars’ worth of goods to the United Kingdom in 2019, according to the UN COMTRADE database on international trade.
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The Landscape That Led to This Decision:
In addition to its flying customers, Virgin Atlantic will offer fast and efficient cargo handling, creating new opportunities for companies looking to export and import goods such as fresh produce and textiles between the major UK, US, and Pakistan markets.
The value of trade in goods and services between the UK and Pakistan is around 3.3 billion euros every year, up 4.7 percent year-on-year in 2019, with large volumes of goods such as textiles, clothing, and machinery, said by the company.
The UK is the third-largest global market for Pakistani exporters after the US and China and is their main trade route in Europe. Virgin Atlantic Cargo Managing Director added that the UK and Pakistan goods import and export market is extremely healthy and we are delighted to be able to offer our customers the next best route with such positive growth opportunities.
Our fast connections via London to Europe, the US, and Africa confirm this, and this potential will be even greater as Virgin Atlantic continues to introduce more routes and frequencies as part of our coronavirus recovery plan.
Virgin Atlantic continued traveler trips on July 20, following a three-month rest brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, and presently works trips to:
- New York JFK.
- Los Angeles.
- Hong Kong.
It expected that more routes are to be added throughout September and October.