British Airways is to resume flights to Pakistan better than 10 years after a deadly terror assault on the Marriott Resort throughout the capital Islamabad.
The airline pulled abroad throughout the aftermath of the bomb blast which killed 54 people – along with six British residents – and injured many additional in September 2008.
From 2 June, BA will run three flights per week from Heathrow to the model new Islamabad Worldwide Airport, making it the one Western supplier to serve Pakistan.
British extreme commissioner to Pakistan, Thomas Drew, described the announcement as “excellent news for every worldwide areas” and acknowledged BA was changing into a member of an “rising number of British firms doing enterprise in Pakistan”.
“The hyperlinks between Britain and Pakistan are already extraordinary, from custom and cricket to people, politics and education,” he added.
“I see this launch as a vote of confidence in the best way ahead for these hyperlinks, and naturally a reflection of the good enhancements throughout the security state of affairs in Pakistan in current instances.
“The return of BA will give a selected enhance to our rising commerce and funding hyperlinks.”
Last yr, the Pentagon acknowledged that the mastermind behind the 2008 assault had been killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan.
Qari Yasin had ties with the Pakistani Taliban terror group and as well as formulated an assault on the Sri Lankan cricket group bus in Lahore in 2009, which killed six policemen, two civilians and wounded six of the players.