Pakistan reopens airspace for civil aviation

Pakistan reopens airspace for civil aviation

Islamabad (Web Desk): The airspace of Pakistan has been reopened to civil aviation with immediate effect, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Tuesday.

“With immediate effect Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civil traffic on published ATS (Air Traffic Service) routes,” according to a notice to airmen (NOTAMS) published on the authority’s website.

On February 26, Pakistan had fully closed its airspace after the Indian Air Force (IAF) struck a training camp in Balakot in retaliation to the Pulwama attack on February 14.

Partial operations at Pakistani airports resumed once tensions eased but restrictions continued to affect many international carriers using Pakistani airspace.

Pakistan lies in the middle of a vital aviation corridor and the airspace restrictions affected hundreds of commercial and cargo flights each day, adding to flight time for passengers and fuel costs for airlines.

The announcement came hours after United Airlines Holdings Inc said it was extending the suspension of its flights from the United States to Delhi and Mumbai in India until Oct. 26, citing continued restrictions of Pakistani airspace.