Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Pakistan partially closes its airspace for all airlines till September 5

Islamabad: Pakistan has partially closed its airspace for all airlines till September 5. The development comes amid escalating tension between India and Pakistan over the abrogation of Article 370.

The country had last month opened its airspace for all type of civil traffic, thereby lifting a ban on Indian flights that were not allowed to use most of its airspace following the Balakot air strikes in February.

On July 15, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority had issued a notice to airmen NOTAM, stating "with immediate effect Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civil traffic on published ATS (air traffic service) routes".

Pakistan had closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted air strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot following the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir. The neighbouring country, however, later opened two southern routes, of the total 11.
The move had badly hit the Indian as well as world airlines with the worst affected being flights from Europe and the US flying in and out of the national capital.

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