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KARACHI: A British airline, Crawley-based Virgin Atlantic has completely closed its flight operation in Pakistan and its last flight departed from Islamabad to London on Sunday.

Flight VS-379, B-789 flew from Islamabad International Airport at 1:08 pm on Sunday to London’s Heathrow Airport.

Virgin Atlantic had commenced its flight operation in Pakistan in December 2020 with seven flights in a week from Islamabad airport.

In the initial phase, the British airline operated four flights to Manchester and three to London’s Heathrow Airport. Later, the number of flights was reduced to three in a week only for Heathrow Airport.

During its flight, the airline provided the best travel facilities to the passengers.

The COO and Airport Manager of Islamabad airport Syed Aftab Gilani thanked the British airline’s team for providing the best facilities to the passengers and expressed hopes that Virgin Atlantic would resume its flight operations in Pakistan in the future.

Last month, the airline’s spokesperson said that the flight operation was started amid the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 from London to Islamabad and Lahore, as well as Manchester to Islamabad.

The spokesperson added that Virgin Atlantic is going to increase its flying programme in 2023. The airline said that they reviewed the whole flight network and decided to make some changes which led to the suspension of London to Pakistan flights.

In another development, Canadian private airline Zara Airways announced to start direct flights from Toronto to three major cities in Pakistan this year.

Talking to a private TV channel, CEO Syed Quli said that the airline was seeking a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Canadian government before it can start operations.

He further said that the airline will operate three weekly flights from Toronto to Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore.

The CEO further said that airliner will use two Boeing 777 aircraft initially and may increase the number of aircraft depending on demand.

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