Pakistani Airspace to be Opened Gradually Starting Today

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced its plans to reopen Pakistan’s airspace today with restrictions.

The CAA spokesperson stated that the airports will be open for commercial flights from 06:00 pm.

He said all the domestic and international travelers have been notified of the decision. “We have also informed IATA’s (International Air Transport Association) headquarters.”

In a tweet on Friday, CAA said:

Pakistan is to reopen its airspace with restrictions. Please contact your airline for further details & information.

https://twitter.com/AirportPakistan/status/1101406068893134848

The NOTAM (notice to airmen) attached with the tweet states that Pakistani airspace will gradually reopen and will not be fully functional until March 4.

It implies that the airspace is closed till 4th March for flights flying over Pakistan. Only flights to or from Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, and Quetta are allowed for domestic and international routes.

The CAA, on Friday morning, said that it will soon announce its decision regarding the restoration of Pakistan’s airspace.

“Decision on restoring #Pakistan airspace will be made shortly upon the expiry of existing NOTAM. Regret the inconvenience, we will be updating shortly. Pakistan Paindabad!”

https://twitter.com/AirportPakistan/status/1101359828234977280

The airspace has been closed since Wednesday morning after the tension with India escalated as Pakistan Air Force (PAF) pilots shot down two Indian jets intruding into the country and captured the downed pilot.


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