Virgin axes flights to Pakistan

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Virgin Atlantic has confirmed that it will suspend all services between London and Pakistan later this year.

Its last flight to Lahore will depart from Heathrow in the evening of 30 April and its last flight to Islamabad will leave Heathrow in the evening of 8 July.

Virgin’s last return flight from Lahore will be on 1 May at 12.25pm and its last return flight from Islamabad will be on July 9 at 12.40pm.

The airline said the changes were part of a review of its entire network.

Virgin launched flights to Pakistan in December 2020 to capture the visiting friends and relatives market, which was one of the first to recover during the pandemic.

In a statement it said: “Since commencing operations in December 2020, we have been proud to offer choice for customers travelling between London and Manchester in the UK, and Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan.

“During that time, we have also provided important cargo capacity, as well as delivering vital medical supplies.

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

“We would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone in Pakistan; our customers, teams, partners and the authorities for their support over the past two years.”

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