Lufthansa (and other international airlines) starting flights to/from Pakistan

German airlines, Lufthansa, a member of the Star Alliance Network, is finally coming to Pakistan with flights 3 times a week to Karachi and Lahore. I feel as though I have been waiting for this news for a while. My past few trips to Pakistan have been near disasters as far as the airlines are concerned. Some time back most top international airlines (at least those that fly through Europe) decided to stop going to Pakistan. Pakistanis traveling back home from the US were left to take Gulf-based airlines such as Emirates, Gulf Air or Etihaad. PIA, the flagship national carrier was also stopped from flying through Europe, essentially bringing its US operations to a halt.

While Emirates has provided an OK experience in the past, one cannot really say the same about Gulf Air and Etihaad. Here is my view on it. I think they treat Pakistanis as second class citizens (maybe not if you fly first class with them which I now intend to do if I have to take them to Karachi or Lahore) – and I sometimes find Pakistanis put themselves in a situation where they get treated poorly. For example, I have seen Pakistani families use such caution, care, niceties, and decorum while flying from through US and Europe, but somehow lose their politeness (and cleanliness) on the last leg of the Gulf-to-Pakistan flight.

Maybe the Lufthansa experience will be different… I hope so.

Lufthansa announces flights from Pakistan

LAHORE: Lufthansa, a German Airline, has announced to start its flights towards Karachi and Lahore from October 2007.

An official press release by the company on Saturday announced that the company would start its service from October 28, 2007 thrice a week flights from Karachi to Lahore and Frankfurt.

Vice President sales and services Southeast Europe, Africa and Middle East, Joachim Steinback has stated Lufthansa Network would strengthen the bilateral economic relation by connecting the commercial and industrial cities of Pakistan, Middle East and Germany.

Joachim Steinback, who is also heading the strategically most important regions of Lufthansa Network, said that passengers of Pakistan and Germany would have access to the extensive route network of Lufthansa connecting through the Lufthansa hub Frankfurt to other European countries as well as to the United States.

Mr Steinbach further said, passengers would benefit from the new Lufthansa flights since the non stop connection from Pakistan to Germany would reduce travel time by up to three hours as compared to current connecting flights from gulf to Europe. He said this step of Lufthansa airline would be a great advantage for the business travellers.

Lufthansa also announced appointments for Pakistan and Mr Ian Patrick would be Lufthansa Country manger for Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mr Patrick has a long and varied airlines experience as he has experience of consulting for numerous fields of marketing, revenue enhancement and route feasibility. staff report

UPDATED: Another news item

More international airlines to operate from Pakistan

By Muhammad Yasir

KARACHI: At least three more international airlines are seeking permission from Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for initiating their passenger flight service from Pakistan, Director General CAA Farooq Rehmatullah disclosed this to Daily Times.

Three airlines, namely China International Airline, Virgin Atlantic Airline and Midland Airways are negotiating with CAA for initiating passenger flight service from the country, which is being considered by CAA management.

The CAA in its currently formulated five-year business plan has decided to increase the number of international airlines operating in the country from 24 to 40 between 2008 and 2012.

It s also planned to make Karachi and Lahore regional hubs for West-bound air traffic from the Asia-Pacific region, by seeking investments in airport-related infrastructure of the two cities.

On the question that Pakistan International Airline (PIA) could suffer from this liberal airspace policy, he replied that CAA had changed its strategy, making it more competitive, compatible and professional.

He added that previously all the policies had been made to protect PIA and other national airlines but these airlines could not produce the expected results.

Three airlines are also seeking CAA’s permission for extending their flights.

The CAA has allowed the Deutsche Lufthansa AG Airline to resume its passenger service to Pakistan from October 28 this year. Germany’s Lufthansa has served its flight service for 39 year in past for Pakistan. Lufthansa will come on stream, with thrice-weekly flights from Frankfurt to Karachi and, for the first time, also to Lahore. However, it would extend its services to five flights a week after six months and one flight per day after one year.

Moreover, the CAA has allowed British Airways to extend its passenger flights from thrice weekly to six flights a week by November this year. These flights ply on Islamabad to London and other European destinations.

Singapore Airline is seeking CAA’s permission for increasing its thrice-weekly flight from five flights in a week.

Regarding establishment of airport cities, Mr Rehmatullah said that CAA has planed to urbanise surrounding areas of airports with all advance features including hotels, shopping centers, apartments, cafes and other, adding that CAA would make this public at the end of the year.

Aviation experts commenting on the issue said that the resumption and introduction of airlines would create a competitive environment among international and national airlines that would benefit the passengers and tourism industry.

“The competition will reduce the fare rates of international and local flights gradually,” they added.

They also said that the introduction of new airline companies would bring advance aviation technologies to Pakistan. Other facilities like cargo services will have to be improved as the land is cheaper in Pakistan and international airlines could use this to their advantage.

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32 Responses to Lufthansa (and other international airlines) starting flights to/from Pakistan

  1. MUHAMMAD YASIR says:

    hi, I think this is a positive step towards progress and serving the people of pakistan staying in Europe. i stay in Barcelona, and there are more than 50,000 pakistanis staying in Spain and not having yet a direct flight to the homeland. well we think we can also take now Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Lahore.
    thank you very much for thinking to restart a flight to Pakistan.

  2. Deen Sheikh says:

    I have often flown on Lufthansa from western Europe to Pakistan Via Germany’s Frankfurt Intl Airport
    it is really refreshing to hear that Lufthansa is planing to resume flights to Karachi
    i hope other airlines will also follow in Lufthansas steps
    particularly British Airways and KLM

  3. Mohammed Khan says:

    Very good news, I travel from USA to Karachi very often, In USA more then 2 million
    Pakistani live and it will short their time to Pakistan by 8 hours.

  4. shazia says:

    its a good news,however i am waiting for flights from frankfurt to Islamabad,as i have to travel from frankfurt to Islamabad.

  5. RAMESH.M says:

    IF LUFTHANSA STARTS THE SERVICE TO LAHORE AND PAKISTAN IT WILL BE HIGHLY WELCOMED. PAKISTAN AIR LINES SERVICE IS WORST THAN AIR INDIA

  6. esha says:

    it will be a great news if lufthansa airlines starts direct flights from barcelona to islamabad.

  7. Hussain says:

    Please Esha, if they start operating at individuals personal convienience than Lufthansa is pretty much done!.Barcelona to Islamabad..others would say Madrid to Peshawar!

  8. ismail suleman says:

    its good that lufthansa should start service to karachi but there should be other airlines restarting starting such as klm ,kuwaitairways,yamenia,airfrance ,britshairways virginatlantic,and alatlia

  9. MR ISMAIL ASLO says:

    I KNOW THAT LUFTHANSA HAS STARTED SERVICES TO KARACHI AND I ALSO KNOW THAT KLM IS RESTARTING SERVICES TO KARACHI IN OCTOBER 2009 BUT THERE ARE TWO ARE AIRLINES THAT DID A MISTAQUE AND LEFT THIS COUNTRY THEY ARE KUWAIT AIRWAYS AND SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES I THINK THEY SHOULD ALSO START THERE SERVICES KARACHI AGAIN AND I HOPE THERE WILL BE 40 CARRIERS IN KARACHI IN 2012 INSHALLAH

  10. MR TABISH says:

    I KNOW THAT LUFTHANSA HAS STARTED SERVICES TO KARACHI AND I ALSO KNOW THAT KLM IS RESTARTING SERVICES TO KARACHI IN OCTOBER 2009 BUT THERE ARE TWO ARE AIRLINES THAT DID A MISTAQUE AND LEFT THIS COUNTRY THEY ARE KUWAIT AIRWAYS AND SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES I THINK THEY SHOULD ALSO START THERE SERVICES KARACHI AGAIN AND I HOPE THERE WILL BE 40 CARRIERS IN KARACHI IN 2012 INSHALLAH

  11. Rehman says:

    Its a good news, after a longtime, our CAA agree to allow Lufthansa to go to Karachi/Lahore. I would strongly suggest to CAA, for the sake of God, please allow all the airlines wishing to do business with pakistan. We all know about PIA, our national carrier, but result is less than zero. No service, its a 20th century and we are still takeing decision like we are in stone age. I dont know when we will get rid of out berucarecy. All the time they did try to support PIA, but at the end, result is zero and we pakistani living abrod suffer dur to their wrong policies, however we are still suffereing throug wrong policies of government, like EMERGENCY.

  12. Usman says:

    What’s the credibility of the news that KLM will restart operations to karachi. ?? I couldnt find anything about it on the net.

  13. DON says:

    There is no source to confirm this. I tried looking up the KLM website and there is nothing. This is pure bull**it….

  14. DON says:

    AND ESHA IS SO STUPID THAT IS UNBELEIVABLE…..
    I THINK I WANT A FLIGHT FROM GENEVA TO GUJRANWALA

  15. husain says:

    anythng faciliting passenger is wellcome and apreciated fare should come down and service must be best

  16. esha says:

    hussain and don please mind your languges.this is a website for personal opinions.and that was my opinion for lufthansa airline and for you.if you dont know how to use it please dont use it and obey everyones opinions .please mind it.

  17. Jessie says:

    Jessie

    I couldn\’t have said it better myself.

  18. ismail says:

    as lufthansa has resumed services to karachi inshaallah we will see klm britsh airways air france swiss air air jordan and kuwait airways

  19. OK Kuwait Airways never left Pakistan. It was serving the three metros of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. However, due to the security situation in Karachi due to Musharraf military government and EMERGENCY only Karachi flights were temporarily suspended. Lahore and Islamabad ops went on as per usual. Inshallah when situation improves Karachi would be back on-line.

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  21. Umair says:

    Hey its now august 2009 and nor lufthansa is comming to karachi and nor KLM and air france
    why is that so?
    the caa has approved it right?

  22. ismail suleman says:

    i know if lufthansa klm or british airways are coming to pakistan though these reasons are security and economic issues if economic and security problems are solved most of the airlines will take steps to return back again

  23. WASEEM MIRZA says:

    WE WISH THAT KUWAIT AIRWAYS OR OTHER AIRLINES SUCH AS LUFTHANSA ,BRITISH AIRWAYS,SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES,AIRJORDAN,VIRGIN ATLANTIC GO BACK AGAIN AND LAUNCH FLIGHTS TO KARACHI BECAUSE KARACHI IS THE BEST ROUTE FOR THIS AIRLINES.

  24. WASEEM MIRZA says:

    ESPECIALLY KUWAIT AIRWAYS ALSO LAUNCH FLIGHTS TO LONDON TO KUWAIT TO KARACHI AND BRITISH AIRWAYS LAUNCH FLIGHTS TO LONDON AND FRANKFURT TO KARACHI

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