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27 Feb 2019 | 11:44 AM UTC

Pakistan: Airspace over Pakistan closed until at least February 28 /update 2

Pakistan News Alert

Pakistani airspace closure to persist until at least February 28; monitor developments to the situation

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/27/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/1/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Pakistan

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Event

The Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), announced on Wednesday, February 27, that the airspace over Pakistan will be closed until at least 23:59 (local time) on Thursday, February 28. As such, no commercial flights will operate to, from, or within Pakistan during this period. Lingering disruptions are likely to persist after the reopening of the airspace.

Authorities closed the airspace 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.

Context

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.

Advice

Impacted travelers are advised to monitor developments to the situation and contact their airline for additional information.

 

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