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It is now cheaper to fly to Pakistan with British Airways than PIA

It is now cheaper to fly to Pakistan with British Airways than PIA

Monday 14th January 2019

British Airways recently announced it will fly from Heathrow to Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, from 2 June 2019. Tickets have been on sale since 18 December 2018.

The route will launch as a three-per-week service, operated on a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner - British Airways' newest long-haul fleet that is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than other aircraft and features larger windows, mood lighting and the latest inflight entertainment.

What about the fares?

We had a look at direct flights from Heathrow Airport to Islamabad on randomly selected dates in July 2019 and it turns out that the British Airways flights are cheaper when compared to PIA fares.

Departure 2 July 2019 - Return 15 July 2019:

- British Airways Economy fare: £498.92
- PIA Economy fare: £559.92

Departure 7 July 2019 - Return 21 July 2019:

- British Airways Economy fare: £559.92
- PIA Economy fare: £574.92

fares correct at time of publishing this article

Although BA flights generally tend to be much more pleasant, their luggage allowance for economy class ticket is only 23kg which is much lower than the 45kg allowed on PIA for the same route. This may be the only reason Pakistani people may continue flying with PIA!