LONDON: British Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field said that the launch of direct flights between Pakistan and United Kingdom (UK) would help promote business and trade besides increasing links between the two countries.
“The launch of direct flights between our two capitals is excellent news for both our countries, and for the many people with links to the UK and Pakistan”, Mark Field said while briefing the UK based group of Pakistani journalists here at Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the resumption of British Airways service to Pakistan after a decade. Mark Field said, “I personally very much look forward to using this service on my next visit to Pakistan – which I hope will be very soon.”
The British Minister said that it was a demonstration of the close and strong links between the two countries and a symbol of the future health of an historic relationship, and of the potential of the Pakistan and the UK as important trading partners.
“It is these connections, and the familiarity we have with each other’s country, that means British Airways has been able to offer a tailored service that will feature an Urdu-speaking flight crew on most flights, and will be offering halal food to customers,” he remarked. He said that with the new flights would come more business opportunities –not only will it be cheaper and easier for British businesses and entrepreneurs to travel to Pakistan and see the opportunities for themselves, it was also a powerful symbol of stability in Pakistan and the market’s confidence. “So I am sure this will be a trigger for more British businesses to invest in Pakistan, and hopefully too for Pakistani companies to invest in the UK, generating business and employment here,” he remarked.
Mark Field said that the UK had more people of Pakistani origin with citizenship than any other country.