According to media reports have suggested airports in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, and Quetta have been closed for commercial flights.
Flightrader has also confirmed that air traffic in India and Pakistan has been affected and flights are either facing delays or suspended on both sides of the border.
“International flights that transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace now being affected. Some flights returning to origin, while others appear to be seeking alternate routing,” the tweet read.
International flights that transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace now being affected. Some flights returning to origin, while others appear to be seeking alternate routing. https://t.co/sXbkX0qrGI pic.twitter.com/tojnJCii4w
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) February 27, 2019
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has also confirmed that Pakistani airspace has bee officially closed amid the escalating tension.
— CAA Pakistan (@AirportPakistan) February 27, 2019
The CAA had previously warned travelers that PIA flights may be affected amid the tense security situation.
Attention! As a precautionary measure, PIA flights may be affected due to closure of Pakistan Commercial Air Space. For details please call our universal helpline +92 021 111 786 786. #PIA #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/WKIEi5E0Fj
— PIA (@Official_PIA) February 27, 2019
India has also confirmed closure of various airports and airfields following Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) response to Indian intrusion.
As per reports from the Indian media, airfields of Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Chandigarh, Shimla, Amritsar and Pathankot have been closed.
According to Times of India, part of Indian airspace is facing closure as multiple commercial flights have been put on hold.
It is worth mentioning here that PAF on Wednesday morning shot down two Indian aircraft trying to enter Pakistani airspace.
One of the jet aircraft fell in Azad Kashmir while the other crashed on Indian Occupied Kashmir.
ISPR has confirmed arresting one Indian pilot while others are at large in the area.
The Foreign Office’s spokesman said the response was in self-defense and that Pakistan doesn’t want any escalation.