After nearly five months of being closed down following the conflict with India this year, Pakistan is now re opening the airspace for civil aviation, with immediate effect, as ordered by the Civil Aviation Authority.
According to a notice to airmen (NOTAMS) published on their website “With immediate effect Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civil traffic on published ATS (Air Traffic Service) routes,”
Furthermore, a phone call to an official at the authority confirmed its re-opening.
Pakistan had closed its airspace when Indian fighter jets violated its international boundary and airspace on February 26 2019. In March however, the airspace was partially open but Indian flights were banned and vice versa, Pakistani flights were banned in India’s airspace.
Aviation Secretary Shahrukh Nusrat said that,”The Indian government had asked us to open the airspace. We conveyed our concerns that first India must withdraw its fighter planes placed forward. We are ready to open our airspace if India de-escalates.”
The announcement of the reopening of the airspace came soon after the United Airlines Holding Inc declared that it was going to extend the suspension of flights from the United States to Delhi and Mumbai in India until this year’s October 26.They further cited the restrictions of Pakistani airspace that were in effect since February 26.