LAHORE: British Airways has resumed its direct flight operation to and from Lahore as the airline’s first flight touched down at Allama Iqbal International Airport on Tuesday after nearly 40 years.

The flight, BA-259, with 214 passengers on board took off from the Heathrow airport and landed at the Lahore airport this morning. A cake was cut in CIP lounge to mark the resumption of the airline’s flight operation.

The airport manager and other CAA officers were present on the occasion to welcome the passengers who arrived there via the BA’s first flight. The flight will fly back to London with more than 200 passengers on board.

British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner tweeted that British Airways used to operate to two cities in Pakistan but after 40 years, the airline has resumed its operation to another city, Lahore.

Welcome @British_Airways first flight to Lahore, increasing connectivity, people-to-people ties & business investment #UKPakDost.

According to the schedule, the airline will operate four direct flights on Lahore-London-Lahore route in a week. All flights will be operated by a Boeing 787.

“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,” said British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Christian Turner in a message.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, British Airways announced a range of measures to keep the passengers safe. Including, checking-in online, downloading their boarding pass, and where possible self-scanning their boarding passes at the departure gate.

Furthermore, the airline also urged passengers to observe social distancing and using hand sanitizers that are placed throughout airports. Under the SOPs, passengers are directed to use new contactless, automated features at our lounges, including new online food and drink service.

Whereas, passengers should be wearing a facemask at all times and bring enough to replace them every four hours for longer flights.

Earlier, a team of experts belonging to British airline visited Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport and expressed satisfaction at arrangements made by Pakistani authorities. CAA after approval from federal government allowed British Airways to land at the airport.