Pakistan’s airspace for transit flights to remain closed till March 11

KARACHI: Pakistan’s airspace for transit flights will not be opened until March 11, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced on Saturday.

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according to a newly released notification, the airspace will be opened at 3pm on March 11 (Monday) for regular flights.

While in a previous notification the authority has stated to resume transit flights from 3pm today.

The notification elaborates that the airspace will be opened for all overflying flights from east to west and west to east after 3pm on March 11, whereas a few transit flights between the north and south of Pakistan’s airspace will be allowed to pass by some specific routes.

According to the new notification, Sialkot, Rahim Yar Khan and Sukkur airports will remain closed till March 11 while previous notification had them resume operations from today.

Only certain routes can be used for exit and entry into and out of Pakistan, says the notification.

Flight operations were recommenced at airports including Karachi, Multan, Chitral, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta and Faisalabad airports previous week and they will carry on flight operations till 5am on March 15.

Due to the tense political situation between Pakistan and India the airspace was shut down by Pakistan previous week.

Flights between Asia and Europe were halted due to which thousands of passengers were left high and dry at the airports for some time. However, airlines that fly above Pakistan were able to redirect afterwards through China.

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