Friday, October 07, 2016

International Carriers Plan Route Changes As Pakistan Extends Restrictions On Its Airspace

The travel time of flights that fly over Pakistan will increase by a few minutes from Saturday as the country has raised its airspace restriction over Karachi and Lahore from 33,000 feet above the ground to 45,000 feet.
From October 8 to 21, Pakistan has barred all airlines from flying up to 45,000 feet in the airspace, virtually making it a no-go zone for commercial planes which can't fly above that level.
During this period, the restriction will be for 18 hours a day from 6 AM to 5.15 PM and from 7 PM to 2 AM, except on two days - October 14 and 21.
This new restriction means that several airlines will have to take detours to avoid flying over Karachi and Lahore. Indian carriers like Air India (AI), Jet, IndiGo and SpiceJet are learnt to be working out alternative routes.
Foreign carriers, which fly over Pakistan, like European, Gulf and American airlines, will also be affected.
08/10/16 Saurabh Sinha/India Times
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