Opening of Commercial Airspace Delayed Again

Civil Aviation Authority has delayed the restoration of all commercial airspace until Tuesday while resuming flights at some airports.

Pakistan had shut down its airspace a week ago amid a standoff with its neighbor. This step left thousands of travelers stranded while several planes were forced to reroute the flights. Later, partial operations were restored at four airports.


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Since Friday, CAA has opened two more airports. Reportedly, the remaining shall resume their operations on Tuesday. CAA spokesperson Mustafa Baig said that the airports in Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Faisalabad, and the southern port of Karachi are partly functional now.

He did not reveal any reason as to why airspace could not be restored on Monday as per the previous schedule.

Since last week, tensions between Pakistan and India have abated a little after the return of Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan by Pakistan. The skirmishes on the Line of Control (LOC) have also subdued for a while now.

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