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Pakistan reopens airspace for all civilian traffic

17 Jul 2019 by Business Traveller India
Pakistan opens airspace for all civilian traffic

Huge relief for Indian and foreign carriers as Pakistan has reopened its airspace for all civilian flights after a gap of nearly six months.

The South Asian country had imposed restrictions on its airspace following Balakot air strikes in February, this year. However, on July 16, the Pakistan civil aviation authority issued a NOTAM (notice to airmen) stating that “with immediate effect Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civil traffic on published ATS (air traffic service) routes.”

Post this, Ministry of Civil Aviation, India took to Twitter to make the following announcement.

The opening of Pakistan airspace is expected to bring huge respite for Air India, which suffered a major financial loss as it had to re-route or suspend many of its international flights due to the closure.

Interglobe Aviation-led Indigo also expressed its views on this latest development. As per an official statement, the low-cost carrier said “We are pleased with the latest development relating to the opening of the Pakistan airspace as announced today. Indigo flights flying via Pakistan will operate as normal after all regulatory clearances by the concerned authorities.”

Natasha Nitturkar

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