Virgin Atlantic inaugurates Islamabad from Manchester
Virgin Atlantic began Manchester – Islamabad on 10 December.
Operating four-weekly using 264-seat B787-9s, the 6,147-kilometre route competes directly with a twice-weekly offering by Pakistan International. To circumvent its EU ban, PIA is using wet-leased 285-seat A330-300 from Hi Fly.
This was the largest non-stop market between Pakistan and the UK last year, OAG data indicates. It had almost three in ten non-stop seats.
Including both non-stop and indirect traffic, over 295,000 flew between Manchester and Islamabad last year, booking data reveals, for PDEW of 404.