This is yet another indication of the normalising security situation of Pakistan, as another European flag carrier joins the ranks of international airlines rushing to do business in the country. Just a few months ago it was British Airways announcing a direct flight to Islamabad after a hiatus of more than a decade.
The Federal Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan declared that the French flag carrier, Air France, would be resuming its services soon, as he accompanied a grand business delegation from Saudi Arabia led by Prince Muhammad bin Sulman. Air France would be continuing its flight operations after an eleven-year break. The exact dates of Air France aeroplanes landing at Islamabad or Karachi have yet to be revealed.
Another official notification from the Iranian airlines ATA has also reached Pakistan’s Aviation Control. The letter expressed interest in expanding the airline’s flight network to Pakistan in their new A320 and MD-83 hydroplanes.
Pakistan is blossoming with business potential and has also revised its strict visa policy, which it maintained for almost two decades because of security concerns. The country has given visa-free access to citizens of more than fifty nations in an attempt to rejuvenate Pakistan’s tourism industry. Recently, the British Backpacker’s Society declared the country’s northern mountainous area as the top-rated destination for a summer escape.