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28 mars 2019 | 14h38 UTC

Pakistan: Airspace remains closed to transit flights until March 29 /update 25

Pakistan Alerte de sécurité

Pakistani authorities extend airspace closure to transit flights until March 29; flight disruptions possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 27/3/2019, 12h00 until 30/3/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Pakistan

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Event

According to the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) published by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Thursday, March 28, the general closure of the country's airspace to international transit flights remains in effect until at least 15:00 (local time) on Friday, March 29. Flight operations are active, subject to restrictions, at Jinnah International Airport (KHI), Peshawar International Airport (PEW), Quetta International Airport (UET), and Islamabad International Airport (ISB). An extension of the airspace closure is possible should tensions between India and Pakistan escalate.

Context

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. 

Officials amended airspace restrictions on March 26, allowing domestic and international flights from all Pakistani airports. A spokesperson for the CAA indicated flights to New Delhi (India), Bangkok (Thailand), and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) would remain suspended until further notice. 

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.

Advice

Individuals traveling via Pakistan are advised to monitor the situation, maintain flexible itineraries, and contact their airlines for more information.

 

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