Pakistan seals airspace – many flights diverted

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  • AMcWhirter
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    Some of you may have read the piece we posted this morning we the many flight diversions now taking place as airlines seek to avoid affected airspace.

    Flights disrupted due to Pakistan air space closure

    Note that the situation is fluid.

    What we know is that many airlines flying SE Asia to Europe are having to make en route refuelling stops. That will extend journey times and will mean that those travellers who have onward connections may miss them.

    For example, SIA’s flight SQ318 which was due to arrive this evening in LHR just after 1900 but it will be delayed by three hours.

    Another of SIA’s flights, this time from Singapore to Frankfurt, will now have to call at MUC and it is not certain whether it will arrive in Frankfurt before that airport’s strict curfew starts.

    https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/media-centre/news-alert/?id=jsj2zs2m

    No fewer than four B777 flights between SE Asia and Europe are having to stop in Bucharest to refuel. They are two flights with AF, one with KL and one with BA.

    Even non-stop Eastbound flights from the USA to India are having to divert. It’s understood that the UA flight had to turn back to London while two AI services diverted to DXB.

    What about QF’s non-stop PER-LHR service you might ask ?

    Well at present it appears its normal flight path is overwater so will avoid the airspace closure.

    Perhaps readers will further information on delays/diversions would post the information on this thread.

    Thank you.


    AMcWhirter
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    Emirates cancels Pakistan/Afghanistan flights. Via Reuters.

    https://in.reuters.com/article/india-kashmir-emirates-airline-idINKCN1QG1DO

    This will cause much disruption for global travellers flying to either destination via the Emirates hub.


    Swissdiver
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    Big blow for QR! No KSA sky, little UAE and now no Pakistan…


    BackOfThePlane
    Participant

    Thai Airways has just suspended ALL flights between Bangkok & Europe…..


    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    Reports coming in that BA 34 KUL-LHR will be making a refuelling stop en route. Possibly ATH.

    *I cannot confirm the accuracy of the report* but it appears that baggage priority is being given to premium passengers and Gold Card holders. No cargo onboard either.

    Meanwhile BA 10 BKK-LHR will be routing via OTP (Bucharest) and according to BA’s website it will arrive into LHR tonight at 2130 … almost four hours late.


    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    Thai Airways has just suspended ALL flights between Bangkok & Europe…..

    Thanks for posting. I had heard that Europe-bound TG flights were returning to base. But I couldn’t confirm it at the time.


    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    Thai has just tweeted via @ThaiAirways

    “All Thai flights from Bangkok to Europe departing near midnight of 27 Feb through early 28 Feb and from Europe to Bangkok departing on 27 Feb have been cancelled due to Pakistan airspace closure.”


    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    Reports now appearing that Air Canada has cancelled its flights to India.

    AC42 is returning to Toronto (while turning around near Norway) while AC44 (from YVR) has been cancelled.


    AMcWhirter
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    Swissdiver
    Participant

    This led to sometimes interesting flightpath. Look at this one: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/sq308/#1fa20062


    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    Thai Airways’ Bangkok-Europe services have resumed.

    THAI Resumes Normal Flight Operations to EuropeThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) would like to…

    Posted by Thai Airways on Wednesday, 27 February 2019


    TimFitzgeraldTC
    Participant

    Pakistani Airspace due to open in full on 4th March at 1pm


    Ahmad
    Participant

    Thai Airways is running extra flights and larger aircraft to assist strandard passengers.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158546869087293&id=304177952292

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