Closure of eastern airspace extended

Published March 9, 2019
Flight operations will resume only after concerned authorities gave clearance, says CAA official. — APP/File
Flight operations will resume only after concerned authorities gave clearance, says CAA official. — APP/File

RAWALPINDI: The country’s eastern airspace will remain closed till 3pm on Saturday (today), according to the Civil Aviation Authority. The CAA had earlier notified that all airports would resume operations by 4.30pm on Friday.

A senior CAA official said flight operations from airports in the country’s east will resume only after the authorities concerned gave clearance.

Flight operations at seven airports, including Sialkot and Bahawalpur, have remained suspended for the past 10 days.

Due to closure of the eastern airspace, the flight schedule stands disrupted, causing inconvenience to air travellers and increasing the operational cost for airlines both on domestic as well as international routes.

According to an official, Sialkot, Bahawalpur, Rahim­yar Khan, D.G. Khan, Sukkur, Skardu and Gilgit airports have not been made operational so far due to security concerns. However, 11 other airports, Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Pesh­awar, Quetta, Faisalabad and Multan among them, have been made operational.

Since flights out of these airports have been taking a restricted route, the duration and distance have shot up. This has pushed up the operational costs for airlines, the official said. The country’s airspace remained closed from 12.30pm on Feb 27 to 5pm on March 1 due to the recent tensions with India.

Flight operations resu­med at four major airports on March 1, but on restricted air routes, after a closure lasting 54 hours.

Later, flight operations from Lahore, Faisalabad and then from Multan, Chitral, Punjgur, Turbat and Gwadar airports resumed on March 6 after remaining suspended for seven days.

Published in Dawn, March 9th, 2019

Opinion

Editorial

24 Jan, 2022

Anti-extremism policy

HAD there been more far-sighted policymaking on the part of the state and an understanding of how religious ...
Government’s silence
Updated 24 Jan, 2022

Government’s silence

A MAJOR trial is underway in London during which Pakistan has repeatedly been mentioned as the place where payment...
24 Jan, 2022

Cutting mangroves

FOR Karachi, the mangrove cover along its coastline is a thin line of defence against potential oceanic and climatic...
Yemen atrocity
Updated 23 Jan, 2022

Yemen atrocity

The sooner this war is ended, the better, to halt the suffering of Yemen's people and ensure security of all regional states.
23 Jan, 2022

Regressive taxation

THE FBR appears to have kicked up a new and unnecessary controversy by serving notices on currency dealers to ...
23 Jan, 2022

Medico-legal flaws

ON Friday, a 13-page verdict authored by Justice Ali Zia Bajwa of the Lahore High Court revealed a shocking fact...