British Airways is resuming flights to Pakistan from August 14 following the service being halted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airline plans to start with three Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights a week from Heathrow to Islamabad.

Passengers will be required to wear masks and will have access to hand sanitisers during the flight. Crew members will wear masks during the flight. There are also extra measures in place at airports to ensure travellers stay safe.

Direct flights by BA restarted in June 2019 after a gap of ten years. The carrier first flew to Islamabad in 1976.

Flights from Heathrow will be on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, departing at 8.30pm and arriving in Islamabad at 4.20am local time.

Flights from Islamabad flights will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing at 6.15am and arriving at 3pm UK time.

The British High Commission in the Pakistan capital described the reinstatement of the London air link as “another important step in reconnecting the trade ties and people-to-people ties between the UK and Pakistan”.

High commissioner Christian Turner said: “The resumption of British Airways direct flights is a big boost for the hundreds of thousands of travellers who travel regularly between our two great nations, many who have had their travel plans disrupted by the pandemic.”

BA Asia Pacific and Middle East head of sales Moran Birger said: “We are pleased to once again provide a service between Pakistan and the UK.

“We know many of our customers in both countries have been waiting to be reunited with friends and family. We look forward to welcoming them back on board.”