Almost 5,000 British travellers in Pakistan are to be brought home to the UK following the announcement today of a further nine Government-chartered flights.
These will include the first UK charter flight from Karachi, which will depart on 30 April, in addition to further departures from Islamabad and Lahore.???
Around 2,500 people have already booked on to the ten Government charter flights that are taking place between April 21 – 27. This second phase of flights announced today will carry more than 2,250 travellers.
There has been a huge demand for these flights, with seats for Lahore and Islamabad now being allocated to those already registered via the Government’s online booking website – CTM.
The portal is now open for those who would like to book on the Karachi flight. Anyone who would like to return to the UK from Karachi should register their interest on the portal as future flights will be based on waitlists.
British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Christian Turner, said;
“More than 10,500 people have returned home by commercial routes since airspace in Pakistan closed, and by Monday we expect that a further 2,500 British Nationals will have flown back to the UK on our first 10 charter flights.
“We know there is more to do, and I’m pleased that there will be a further nine chartered flights next week; eight from Islamabad and Lahore; and one from Karachi to London Heathrow.
“As we start the holy month of Ramazan, a time for people to reunite with their families and a time for reflection, I am glad that travellers will be able to make it home and be with their loved ones at this special time.” –PR