List of more than 40 International Airlines which USED to come to Karachi but now don’t come due to ‘safety reasons’

Here is the complete list.

Once upon a time, Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport (KHI) used to be one of the busiest airports in the world.

Between the 1960s and the 1980s, there used to be dozens of international flights flying to and from the City of Lights.

However,  after the prominence of Dubai on the world map and, most notably, the violence and instability that hit Karachi from the 1980s onwards, dozens of international flights permanently suspended their operations to the City of Lights.

Let us go down memory lane and remember the days of our former glory when our skies were filled with dozens of international flights coming in — that don’t come home anymore.

Qantas

Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia and its biggest airline by fleet size, international flights, and global destinations.

Qantas is certified as a 4-Star Airline | Skytrax

Air India

Air India is the flag carrier airline of India.

AI to set up internal panel to address privatisation-related issues of employees: Source - Times of India

British Airways

British Airways is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom. Its operations to Karachi are now ceased, but the airline resumed its operations to Islamabad and Lahore in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Affiliate Marketing programme | About BA | British Airways

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific is the flag carrier airline of Hong Kong. The airline ceased its operations in 2014 after TTP terrorists attacked Karachi airport.

Why Cathay Pacific changed its tune on Hong Kong protests - BBC News

TAROM

TAROM is the flag carrier airline of Romania.

File:TAROM YR-ASC 3.jpeg - Wikimedia Commons

Alitalia

Alitalia is the flag carrier and largest airline of Italy.

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Aeroflot

Aeroflot is the flag carrier and largest airline of the Russian Federation.

Aeroflot lays out growth plan to fly 130m passengers in 2028 - Aircraft Interiors International

Lufthansa

Lufthansa is the largest German airline, and the second-largest airline in Europe in terms of passengers carried. Aside from Karachi, the airline has ceased its operations in Lahore as well.

Lufthansa | German airline | Britannica

SAS

Scandinavian Airlines, generally known as SAS, is the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

SAS Scandinavian Airlines Ireland resumes operations - ch-aviation

Air France

Air France is the flag carrier of France.

France, EU reach deal on Air France-KLM refinancing | Daily Sabah

KLM

KLM is the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands. It is the oldest airline in the world, still operating under its original name.

Amsterdam-Delhi flight, which wasn't allowed to land, 'took off without permission'

Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines is the flag carrier airline of the Philippines.

Philippine Airlines suspended the flights to Saudi Arabia | Aviation News

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Singapore. Aside from Karachi, the airline has ceased its operations in Lahore as well.

Singapore Airlines could fly higher after Covid-19 - Asia Times

Garuda Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia is the flag carrier airline of Indonesia.

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Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Japan.

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Libyan Airlines

Libyan Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Libya.

Libyan Airlines in bid to unify operations - ch-aviation

Egyptair

Egyptair is the flag carrier airline of Egypt.

EgyptAir Flight 804 - Wikipedia

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways is the flag carrier airline of Kenya.

Kenya Airways, Air France/KLM suspend longstanding JV - ch-aviation

Kuwait Airways

Kuwait Airways is the flag carrier airline of Kuwait. Its operations to Karachi are now ceased, but the airline has operations in Islamabad and Lahore.

Kuwait Airways Takes Delivery of World's First A330-800

Syrian Air

Syrian Air is the flag carrier airline of Syria.

Syrian Air (Syrian Arab Airlines) Customer Care - Airline Customer Care

Royal Jordanian

Royal Jordanian is the flag carrier airline of Jordan.

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Middle East Airlines

Middle East Airlines (MEA) is the flag carrier airline of Lebanon.

Lebanon's Middle East Airlines scraps plan to accept only US dollars - Arabianbusiness

Azerbaijan Airlines

Azerbaijan Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Azerbaijan.

AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines slated for privatization - ch-aviation

Taban Air

Taban Air is an Iranian airline.

Taban Air - Wikipedia

Yemenia

Yemenia is the flag carrier airline of Yemen.

Yemenia - Yemen Airways About Section

Turkmenistan Airlines

Turkmenistan Airlines is the flag carrier and only airline of Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan Airlines Becomes Airbus' Newest Customer - Simple Flying

Uzbekistan Airways

Uzbekistan Airways is the flag carrier airline of Uzbekistan. Its operations to Karachi are now ceased, but the airline has operations in Lahore.

Category:Uzbekistan Airways - Wikimedia Commons

Ariana Afghan Airlines

Ariana Afghan Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Afghanistan. Aside from Karachi, the airline has ceased its operations in Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta, and Peshawar as well. However, the airline sought permission from the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to commence operations in Islamabad and it has received the approval.

Ariana Afghan Airlines B737 seized in Russia - ch-aviation

Nepal Airlines

Nepal Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Nepal.

Nepal Airlines to be partially privatised, recapitalised - ch-aviation

Biman Bangladesh Airlines

Biman Bangladesh Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Bangladesh.

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Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific is the flag carrier airline of Hong Kong. The airline suspended its operations in Karachi in 2014 after the Taliban attacked Karachi airport.

Executive warns Cathay could lose overseas runway slots if Hong Kong stays shut, as airline reports HK$7.6 billion loss for first half of year | South China Morning Post

Malaysian Airlines

Malaysian Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Malaysia.

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Swiss International Air Lines

Swiss International Air Lines is the flag carrier airline of Switzerland.

Swiss International Air Lines | Swiss airline | Britannica

Eritrean Airlines

Eritrean Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Eritrea.

Eritrean Airlines firms up Ethiopian debut plans - ch-aviation

Ethiopian Airlines

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Ethiopian Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Ethiopia. It is Africa’s largest airline regarding passengers carried, destinations served, fleet size, and revenue.

Other defunct airlines that used to come to Karachi

Pan Am

Pan American World Airways, generally known as Pan Am, was the principal and biggest global air carrier and informal overseas flag carrier of the U.S. for much of the 20th century.

File:Boeing 747-121(A-SF), Pan American World Airways - Pan Am AN0133908.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)

History of BOAC

Interflug

Interflug was the national airline of East Germany.

From the GDR into the world: 30 years ago, Interflug landed forever - Archyde

Jat Airways

Jat Airways was the flag carrier and largest airline of Serbia, and formerly Yugoslavia.

JAT Airways flies to history

Swissair

Swissair was the former flag carrier airline of Switzerland.

Swissair Airlines Head Offices: Ticket Booking and Fleet - Airlines-Airports

Union de Transports Aériens

Union de Transports Aériens (UTA) was a French airline.

UTA - Union de Transports Aériens McDonnell Douglas DC-10-… | Flickr

Nigeria Airways

Nigeria Airways was a Nigerian airline.

Nigeria airwaste and Jonathan's Airports | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News — Features — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

Tajik Air

Tajik Air Suspends Operations – Aeronautics

Tajik Air was the former flag carrier airline of Tajikistan.

Kyrgyzstan Airlines

Kyrgyzstan Airlines was the former flag carrier of Kyrgyzstan.

China Southern Airlines Eyes 49% Equity Stake in Air Kyrgyzstan

Air Kazakhstan

Air Kazakhstan was the former flag carrier of Kazakhstan.

File:Air Kazakhstan Tupolev Tu-154M Maiwald.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Gulf Traveller

Gulf Traveller was a subsidiary airline of Gulf Air, which was at that time a consortium of Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Bahrain.

Aside from Karachi, Gulf Traveller used to conduct flight operations to and from Lahore, Islamabad, and Peshawar.

Gulf Traveller - Wikidata

Air Ceylon

Air Ceylon was the former flag carrier airline of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

Air Ceylon | World Airline News

Indian Airlines

Asie from Karachi, Indian Airlines used to operate flight operations in Lahore as well.

Indian Airlines | Britannica

Transportes Aéreos da Índia Portuguesa

Transportes Aéreos da Índia Portuguesa (TAIP) was an airline which operated from Portuguese India.

Aeroporto Humberto Delgado ou Aeroporto da Portela de Sacavém, Lisboa (LIS / LPPT) Portugal (DC-4 da TAP) | Aeroporto lisboa, Aeroportos, Fotos antigas

GMG Airlines

GMG Airlines was a Bangladeshi airline.

GMG Airlines. Airline code, web site, phone, reviews and opinions.

United Airways

United Airways was a Bangladeshi airline.

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CAAC Airlines

CAAC Airlines was a Chinese airline.

What Happened To China's CAAC Airlines? - Simple Flying

Braathens

CAAC Airlines was a Norwegian airline.

Malmo/Braathens Regional Airways Head Office: Ticket Booking and Fleet - Airlines-Airports

Transports Aériens Intercontinentaux

Transports Aériens Intercontinentaux was a French airline.

TAI (Transports Aériens Intercontinentaux) fleet

ZAS Airline of Egypt

ZAS Airline of Egypt was an Egyptian airline.

File:ZAS Airline of Egypt Airbus A300 Durand.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

What are your views on this? Share with us in the comments below.

  • This was a planned and paid mission by our closest and known as brother nations, people who were paid to create the security unrest were none other than our own elected politicians, and we saw who got the benefit of this chaos in Pakistan and where these flights were diverted, what neighboring region/country boomed as Pakistan’s economy doomed. It will not be difficult to get those airliners back, Pakistan have to compete lower the service charges , provide better services and assure every security and we will see the airliners as well the foreign tourists flooding in Pakistan, because nature has blessed Pakistan with some attractions that cannot be artificially created.

    • I am not sure about the first part of your paragraph, Hamid. However, I certainly do agree with you that we have to improve our services to attract foreign airlines.
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your opinion.


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