British Airways resumed direct flights to and from Lahore when the airline’s first flight landed at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport after almost 40 years.

Flight BA-259 with 214 passengers on board took off from Heathrow Airport on Tuesday morning and landed at Lahore Airport. As a celebration a cake was cut in the CIP lounge to mark the airline’s resumption of flight operations.

The airport manager and other civil aviation officials were present to greet the passengers arriving on the BA’s maiden flight. The flight will fly back to London with more than 200 passengers on board.

British High Commissioner for Pakistan Christian Turner tweeted that British Airways previously operated in two cities in Pakistan, but after 40 years the airline has resumed operations in another city, Lahore.

“Welcome to @British_Airways’ first ever Lahore flight that improves connectivity, personal relationships and #UKPakDost business investments,” he tweeted.

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