Although the inaugural flight with Shaheen Air between Islamabad and Manchester departed Pakistan on Tuesday 15 March, the first departure from Manchester was on Wednesday 16 March. A cake was duly created to mark the event, which also signalled the return of Shaheen Air to the UK.
- Shaheen Air International has begun non-stop flights between Islamabad (ISB) in Pakistan and Manchester (MAN) in the UK. The inaugural flight on the 6,141-kilometre route left Pakistan on Tuesday 15 March. The thrice-weekly service operates inbound to the UK on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The service is flown using the carrier’s 326-seat A330-300s and faces competition from Pakistan International Airlines’ five weekly flights. Raza Channa, UK Country Manager from Shaheen Air, said: “We are proud to announce the return of Shaheen Air to the UK by launching direct flights between Manchester and Islamabad. We are pleased to offer a fantastic service at the lowest fare.” Stephen Turner, Commercial Director for Manchester Airport, said: “I’m delighted that Manchester Airport has been chosen by Shaheen Air as they resume flights into the UK. Islamabad continues to be a popular destination with the 22 million people across our catchment area and this new service will provide them with additional choice for reaching the city, and also connecting around Pakistan, with Shaheen’s extensive network.”