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Pakistan International Airlines to resume flights to UK in February

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Passenger flights to the United Kingdom have been scheduled by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

From February 10, 2022, Pakistan’s national flag carrier will restart passenger flights to London from Jinnah International Airport (KHI) in Karachi and Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE) in Lahore, according to the official PIA website.

From February 12, 2022, the airline will add air connectivity services from Islamabad to its route itinerary (ISB).

Travelers can expect to pay up to €39 for a one-way trip between Karachi (KHI) and London (LHR) (PKR77,750). Flights from Lahore (LHE) will be available at the same cost.

The decision comes only weeks after the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) lifted limitations that had prevented PIA from flying to the United Kingdom.

Following a 2020 controversy in which it was found that a substantial number of Pakistani pilots possessed fraudulent commercial pilot certificates, the ICAO confirmed that the carrier had remedied a safety problem.

Passenger flights to the United Kingdom have been scheduled by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

From February 10, 2022, Pakistan’s national flag carrier will restart passenger flights to London from Jinnah International Airport (KHI) in Karachi and Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE) in Lahore, according to the official PIA website.

From February 12, 2022, the airline will add air connectivity services from Islamabad to its route itinerary (ISB). Travelers can expect to pay up to €39 for a one-way trip between Karachi (KHI) and London (LHR) (PKR77,750). Flights from Lahore (LHE) will be available at the same cost.

The decision comes only weeks after the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) lifted limitations that had prevented PIA from flying to the United Kingdom.

Following a 2020 controversy in which it was found that a substantial number of Pakistani pilots possessed fraudulent commercial pilot certificates, the ICAO confirmed that the carrier had remedied a safety problem.

In a letter to Pakistan CAA Director-General Khan Murtaza in January 2022, the authority presented the findings of its 10-day safety audit, which was conducted in December 2021.

The ICAO verified that its validation committee had evaluated Pakistan’s actions to address the Significant Safety Concern (SCC) and found that the issued SCC had been effectively handled by Pakistan’s CAA.

The Pakistan CAA has raised new hopes for state-registered airlines regaining permission to fly to the United States, the United Kingdom, and other European countries after passing the ICAO safety audit. PIA will be able to return to its important foreign markets as a result of the transfer.

 

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