I have a friend in the US who wants to travel from CAI to ISB on 10th November. His travel agent suggested going via LHR, for the CAI-ISB sector. I was surprised at that suggestion, but when I checked a few online sites, many routings via DXB or Muscat took over 20 hours, for that short distance.
Actually, the whole routing would be Austin, Texas - Cairo - Islamabad - Austin. Arrive in Cairo on 6th November, leave for Islamabad on 10th November and leave Islamabad for Austin on 15th November, all in J class. Schedule in this case would be more important than price.
Is there no quicker way to travel that route? Any advice would be appreciated, my knowledge of middle east flight schedules is close to zero.