RAWALPINDI: After the suspension of months of air traffic partially, Pakistan has fully reopened its airspace for all civilian traffic following restrictions imposed in the wake of a standoff with India in February.
According to a notice published on the Civil Aviation Authority website“With immediate effect Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civil traffic on published ATS (Air Traffic Service) routes.”
Pakistan had closed its airspace for all international and domestic flights after violation of its airspace by the Indian Air Force on Feb 26, 2019. While Pakistan partially reopened its airspace on March 1, the ban remained in place for Indian flights.
Due to the closure of airspace, more than 150 domestic flights including 110 national flag carriers’ domestic flights and 50 flights of private airlines were either cancelled or delayed. Also 50 international flights operating from Pakistan were affected.
The restrictions had caused huge losses to India, as hundreds of commercial and cargo flights had been affected each day, adding to flight time for passengers and fuel costs for airlines.
Air India had suffered losses of $71.6 million, according to India’s Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.