Emirates eyes expansion on routes to Pakistan

Dubai carrier says it will soon add flights to Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar
Emirates eyes expansion on routes to Pakistan
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 15 Oct 2011 09:39 AM

Emirates Airline has announced major expansion plans for Pakistan with the launch of additional flights to Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar.

Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore and Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad will both be served by non-stop flights seven times a week from October 31 and November 2 respectively.

Peshawar International Airport will be served by three weekly flights from November 5, the Dubai-based carrier said in a statement.

“The additional flights to Pakistan emphasize Emirates’ long-term commitment to the country. Since the launch of the airline with our inaugural flight to Karachi, Pakistan has held special significance for Emirates,” said Majid Al Mualla, Emirates senior vice president, Commercial Operations - West Asia & Indian Ocean.

“These additional flights to the northern sector of the country were made possible by the strong support and efforts of the Government of Pakistan which reflect the trust they have placed in the airline.

“The evolving market structure, improved accessibility, rise in remittances and rising consumer spending due to the expanding population are reshaping the aviation sector in Pakistan and Emirates is keen to continue to strengthen its presence in the country,” added Al Mualla.

The non-oil trade between Pakistan and Dubai exceeded $2.5bn in 2010 and has witnessed a steep increase in the past few years backed by higher demand for Pakistani products such as textiles, food items, rice, cement.

The launch of new services will see Emirates fly 45 times a week to Pakistani cities including Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar.

RAK Airways said on Monday it was to expand its route network with flights to Peshawar and Lahore in Pakistan.

Effective from next month, the Ras Al Khaimah-based carrier will offer two flights a week to the two cities, it said in a statement.

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