The first flight of British airline, Virgin Atlantic has landed at the Islamabad International airport from Heathrow on Friday.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan (SAPM) for Overseas Pakistanis, Zulfikar Bukhari along with British High Commissioner, Christian Turner welcomed Virgin Airlines at Islamabad Airport.
In a video message, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner terming it an historic day for Pakistan, extended his felicitations over the landing of the inaugural flight of the Virgin Atlantic airline in the country.
Christian said, “Eighteen months ago we had no British carriers flying here, today we have over 20 direct flights a week”, adding that this is a sign of real confidence in Pakistan.
He welcomed all the passengers who arrived from Manchester and said that “our 1.6 million British Pakistanis are the heart of our dosti (friendship)”.
He added, “This will be good for tourism and business (in Pakistan)”.
Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group also expressed his excitement for launching the flight operations to Pakistan following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Richard said, “Our new services starting this week will offer even more choices for customers flying between the UK and Islamabad and Lahore”. He thanked the support from Pakistani people, British High Commission and Virgin team to set up operations in Pakistan.
Earlier, the official Twitter handle of the Virgin Atlantic airline also said that they are thrilled for the maiden flight to Pakistan.