British Airline Virgin Atlantic announced today that it will be suspending its services between London Heathrow and Pakistan’s cities Lahore and Islamabad.
A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said: “As we continue to ramp up our flying programme in 2023, we’ve taken the opportunity to review our entire network and decided to make a few changes.”
“Following this review, it is with regret that we’ve taken the difficult decision to suspend our services between London Heathrow and Pakistan. Since commencing operations in December 2020, we have been proud to offer choices for customers traveling between London and Manchester in the UK, and Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan.
The press release added that during that time, the airline 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 apologize 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.”
Virgin Atlantic will continue to operate services between London and Lahore until May 1 and between London and Islamabad until July 9.
We will communicate to any customers due to fly after these dates and who will be affected by the cancellations to provide options, which include rebooking, where applicable, or a full refund.
Virgin Atlantic launched flights from London Heathrow to Islamabad and Lahore and Manchester to Islamabad in the height of the pandemic in December 2020
The routes were launched when many destinations, including the US, were closed for travel.
About Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic is a British airline company that was founded in 1984. It is headquartered in Crawley, United Kingdom, and operates flights primarily to destinations in North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
The airline is known for its premium cabin experience and its commitment to providing high-quality in-flight service. Virgin Atlantic is part of the Virgin Group, which is a multinational conglomerate organization founded by Richard Branson.
In 2020, the airline faced financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic but has since taken measures to restructure and recover.