Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced on Friday, May 31, that current Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for foreign carriers using Indian airspace will be extended until at least Friday, June 28. Under the NOTAM, foreign carriers that use Indian airspace are not allowed to fly over Pakistan' eastern border. The CAA said that the Panjgoor airspace will remain open for overflying transit flights from the western side as Air India had already been using that airspace.
Consequent flight disruptions are possible through June 28. Further extensions to airspace restrictions are possible in the coming weeks, particularly if tensions escalate between Pakistan and India.
The CAA closed Pakistani airspace on February 27 after a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jet was shot down above Pakistan-controlled Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Since then, it has only opened two routes, both of them pass through southern Pakistan.
Tensions significantly escalated between India and Pakistan after the IAF conducted airstrikes on a suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp near Balakot (Pakistan) on February 26. JeM claimed responsibility for a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack in Pulwama district (Jammu and Kashmir state) on February 14, which killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary officers. India has accused Pakistan of supporting the assailants. The Indian airstrikes initiated a series of retaliatory airstrikes and artillery fire near the Line of Control (LoC).
India and Pakistan both claim sovereignty over Kashmir, which has been the focus of periodic violent conflict since 1947.
Individuals traveling via Pakistan are advised to monitor the situation, maintain flexible itineraries, and contact their airlines for more information.
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