Flight operations were suspended at major airports in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces on the afternoon (local time) of Wednesday, February 27, as tensions with India continue to increase. According to Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), domestic and international flights have been suspended at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE), Multan International Airport (MUX), Faisalabad International Airport (LYP), Sialkot International Airport (SKT), and New Islamabad International Airport (ISB). Authorities closed the airports after the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) reportedly shot down two Indian Air Force (IAF) jets in Pakistani airspace in Azad Jammu and Kashmir earlier in the day. It is unclear how long flight operations will remain suspended in the region.
Tensions significantly increased between Pakistan and India after the IAF conducted airstrikes on a suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp near Balakot (Pakistan) on February 26. Indian officials claim the strikes were a “pre-emptive, non-military” strike in response to credible intelligence that JeM was planning another suicide attack in India.
Potentially impacted travelers are advised to confirm flight reservations, contact their airline for additional information, and monitor developments to the situation.
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