The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) revealed that the reopening of Pakistan’s airspace for transit flights has been put off till March 11. According to the notification, the country’s airspace would now be closed for international transit flights until 3 pm this Monday. However, it said operations on fixed flights routes between North and South would be permitted.
Flight operations in #Pakistan to resume fully including Gilgit, Faisalabad, Multan & Rahim Yar Khan Airports, which were suspended for an additional 24 hours on Thursday.🇵🇰
For details on flight schedule, please contact your airlines. pic.twitter.com/wid1ZBufnv
— CAA Pakistan (@AirportPakistan) March 8, 2019
According to CAA, all working airports of the country would continue their partial flight operations until March 15 except Sialkot, Rahim Yar Khan, and Bahawalpur which would remain closed.
Notam news —Pakistan says it attempted to open one eastbound and one westbound transiting airway through Pakistani airspace between the Muscat and Mumbai FIRs (Notam A0258/19), but reciprocal connectivity was denied by Mumbai FIR (Notam A0357/19). https://t.co/9NeSPvJkSy pic.twitter.com/dZRfEe4JtQ
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) March 9, 2019
It was further revealed that all transit flights from east to west and vice versa will be able to utilize the airspace after 3 pm tomorrow.
Since Islamabad took the decision to shut its airspace on February 27, many travelers were left stranded as flights between Asia and Europe were disrupted.
A partial resumption of flights followed a week of tension that appears to be easing after Pakistan released Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan on the orders of Prime Minister Imran Khan; the IAF pilot crashed in Balakot after his plane was shot down during an aerial clash over the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK).