|03 March, 2019

UAE's Emirates, Etihad Airways and Flydubai resume flights to Pakistan

Emirates’ flights between Dubai, Lahore and Sialkot remain cancelled on Sunday and Monday, 3 and 4 March.

Emirates Airlines Airbus A380-800 plane approaches for landing at Dubai Airports in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 26, 2018. Picture taken December 26, 2018.

Emirates Airlines Airbus A380-800 plane approaches for landing at Dubai Airports in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 26, 2018. Picture taken December 26, 2018.

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Abu Dhabi — Mubasher: The UAE state-owned Emirates and Etihad, two of the Middle East's top airlines, along with budget carrier Flydubai have resumed flights to Pakistan after the General Civil Aviation Authority cancelled a ban on flights to the South Asian country on Friday.

Emirates, the world’s largest airline by international passengers, said flights to the Pakistani capital Karachi, as well as the cities of Islamabad and Peshawar are no longer affected by the closure, Arabian Business reported on Sunday, citing the airline.

However, Emirates’ flights between Dubai, Lahore and Sialkot remain cancelled on Sunday and Monday, 3 and 4 March.

In the same vein, Etihad said that all flights between Abu Dhabi and Lahore have been suspended on 3 March, with all other flights returning to normal operations.

“All other Etihad flights to Pakistan will now return to normal operations. These services will be upgraded to larger aircraft where possible to accommodate previously disrupted guests, and provide Lahore guests an alternative route in accordance with Etihad's reservation change policy,” Etihad spokesperson said.

Low-cost airline Flydubai also said flights to and from Faisalabad, Multan and Sialkot remain cancelled on 3 and 4 March, Arabian Business added.

The UAE airlines said on Wednesday flights to all Pakistani airports from the emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi were suspended until further notice.

The UAE carriers advised travelers to Pakistan and India to continue monitoring the status of their flights in view of the escalating conflict between the two Asian neighbours.

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