Birmingham Airport celebrated the launch of new services to Islamabad (non-stop) and Lahore (via Islamabad), to be operated twice-weekly by airblue with A340s, with a fruit cake. On hand to celebrate the event inside the terminal were (left to right); Asif Ikram, Customer Services Executive, airblue; Paul Kehoe, CEO, Birmingham Airport; Irfan Arshad, Airport Operations, airblue; Raza Chana, Country Manager UK, airblue; Asif Beg, Customer Services Executive, airblue; Haider Jawaid, Customer Relations Executive, airblue; Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, COO, airblue; and Sadia Mohammad, Senior Director Operations, airblue.
- airblue now connects Islamabad (ISB) in Pakistan non-stop with Birmingham (BHX) in the UK. A 342-seat A340 will be used to operate the twice-weekly service that originates in Lahore (LHE), creating a one-stop, same aircraft link between Lahore and Birmingham. Mr Raza, airblue’s Country Manager UK, said: “airblue is delighted to announce services to Islamabad and Lahore from Birmingham starting this September. We hope to continue on the success we have had so far in the UK and look forward to working with Birmingham Airport and the Midlands’ Pakistani community to make sure these services are a success and to grow our operation in the future.” Martyn Lloyd, Birmingham Airport’s Commercial Director, added: “More than 200,000 British Pakistani’s live in the West Midlands, so we’re really pleased to be able to announce these new flights, which will give business and leisure passengers even more choice from Birmingham to Pakistan.” Competition on the Islamabad route comes from Pakistan International Airlines, who currently operate thrice-weekly flights using 777s.