British Airways is going to send a team of senior officials to Pakistan to evaluate whether all the pre-requisite security measures are in place before the airline resumes operations in the country.
Britain’s national flag-carrier is set to re-start its operations in the country in June after a hiatus of ten years.
Deputy High Commissioner of Britain, Richard Crowder, wrote a letter to Secretary Aviation Division, Shahrukh Nusrat, in which he stated that the primary purpose of the visit is to assess the implementation of recommended security measures.
“The main purpose of the visit will be to engage the Pakistani authorities on the critical security measures which British Airways (BA) will require full implementation of before they commence operations in June,” the letter read.
The letter suggested that the BA team will visit Islamabad International Airport to evaluate the security measures, infrastructure and services in place to support flights to and from Islamabad.
The deputy high commissioner hailed the decision of BA’s resumption of direct flights to Pakistan and termed it excellent news for both countries.
“I see British Airways’ return as a vote of confidence in the future of our two countries’ links, and, of course, a reflection of the significant improvements in the security situation in Pakistan in recent years,” he wrote.
The letter also mentioned that the team will comprise of British Airways’ head of worldwide airports, Paul Coventry, International Risk Adviser, David Craig, and Director Safety and Security, John Monks. The team will arrive in Islamabad on January 29.
British Airways had suspended its operations in Pakistan in 2009 following a bomb blast in Marriott Hotel in the federal capital that killed over 50 people and injured 250.