British Airways launches Lahore, its second destination in Pakistan

Heathrow to Lahore

British Airways began Heathrow – Lahore two months ahead of Virgin Atlantic, despite the latter announcing it first.

British Airways began London Heathrow to Lahore on 12 October, its second destination in Pakistan after Islamabad.

The 6,328-kilometre route operates four-weekly using 214-seat B787-8s.

Despite Virgin Atlantic announcing the city first, British Airways pipped it to the post by starting it sooner.

Both full-service carriers have taken a strong interest in Pakistan following Pakistan International’s ban from serving the EU.

Heathrow – Lahore had 173,000 passengers last year, booking data from OAG Traffic Analyser indicates.  It was down by 3% YOY.

The Pakistani city is a smaller market from Heathrow than Islamabad (244,000), but it is bigger than Karachi (113,000). 

Qatar Airways and Emirates were by far the most important sixth freedom operators between the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab and Heathrow in 2019. They were followed by Etihad, Gulf Air, and Turkish Airlines.

In terms of non-stop seats, Lahore to the UK had 176,000 last year – down from a high of 304,000 in 2014.  Heathrow, meanwhile, had 106,000.

British Airways launches Lahore, its second destination in Pakistan

British Airways started Heathrow – Lahore on 12 October. It operates four-weekly. Source: Flightradar24.


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