After resuming its flight operations to Islamabad from the UK, British Airways (BA) is now reportedly seeking permission from the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) to start operating flights to Lahore.
The British flag carrier had resumed flight operations to Islamabad in August, which had been suspended due to coronavirus pandemic. According to a statement by the British High Commission in Islamabad, in July, the airline said it would start direct flights three times a week to and from Heathrow Airport and Islamabad.
“Yes, the British Airways has been seeking permission from PCAA to resume flights to Lahore from the UK as a team has visited Allama Iqbal International Airport to review the arrangements made by the airport management,” Dawn news Pakistan quoted a senior official from the PCAA on Wednesday.
In June 2019, British Airways resumed flight operations to Pakistan. After being granted permission by the PCAA, British Airways started operating three flights a week to Islamabad which has been increased to five flights.
Lahore is one of Pakistan’s wealthiest cities with an estimated GDP of $65.14 billion as of 2017. Lahore is the largest city and historic cultural centre of the wider Punjab region in Pakistan and is one of Pakistan’s most socially liberal, progressive, and cosmopolitan cities.
Pakistan’s film industry is based in the city and is called Lollywood. Many films are filmed in Lahore and the city has some of the oldest film studios in the country.
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