Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) on Wednesday, August 28, closing all three routes of Karachi’s airspace. The NOTAM will remain in effect until Saturday, August 31. All international flights have been advised to avoid Karachi airspace and alternative routes have been suggested by the authorities. CAA officials have not provided a reason for the closure. Associated flight disruptions are possible in the coming days.
Further closures or airspace regulations are possible in the near term and may result in significantly increased flying times or flight cancelations.
Pakistan has temporarily restricted its airspace multiple times in recent months amid increasing tensions with India. All airspace was closed in February after Indian forces conducted an airstrike on a suspected terrorist training camp in Pakistan. The CAA fully reopened airspace to civilian traffic on July 16 but has issued limited NOTAMs since then.
Individuals traveling via Pakistan are advised to monitor the situation, maintain flexible itineraries, contact their airlines for further information regarding the new regulations and to reschedule bookings.
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