Pakistan International Airline has cancelled its flights to Northern Areas, mainly to and from Chitral, Skardu and Gilgilt due to air space restrictions in the region, it is learned.
According to details, Civil Aviation Authority issued air space restrictions for commercial airlines in the region for September 21st, for at least one day.
Sources said that these restrictions could extend, depending on the situation. Any extension in ban on air space will be communicated later.
While we don’t have definitive reason behind the air space ban, it is said that move could be due to recent unrest in occupied Kashmir and attack on Military Headquarters in Uri.
Due 2 northern areas airspace restrictions PIA's 21st Sep's flights to Gilgit, Skardu & Chitral ve been cancelled. Inconvenience regretted.
— Danyal Gilani (@DanyalGilani) September 20, 2016
The PIA spokesperson apologised to customers for the inconvenience and said that such customers will be compensated.
Suspension of PIA flights to Northern Areas could last up to 3 days – done as precautionary measure following Uri pic.twitter.com/53yvpHmwf4
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) September 21, 2016
Canceled flights include:
PK 452 from Islamabad to Skardu, PK 605, PK 606, PK 607, PK 608, PK 609, PK 610 traveling to and from Gilgit and Islamabad. PK 660 and PK 661 traveling to and from Peshawar and Chitral have been canceled as well.
PIA said that passengers could contact support staff or helpline to find out more details about alternate flights.
It merits mentioning here that Pakistan Air Force fighter jets have been making rounds in and around of Islamabad today. Quite clearly the forces have been on high alert and are ready for anything.