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Closure of eastern airspace extended for three more days

Updated March 10, 2019

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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Saturday extended the closure of eastern airspace for three more days. — APP/File
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Saturday extended the closure of eastern airspace for three more days. — APP/File

RAWALPINDI: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Saturday extended the closure of eastern airspace for three more days.

According to Notices to Airmen (NOTAM), airspace will be closed to international transit flights until 3pm on March 11, but flight operations on restricted routes will continue.

A CAA official said partial flight operations would continue at 11 airports, including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta. Airports in Sialkot, Rahimyar Khan and Bahawalpur will be closed.

The official said westbound flights will remain operational and the NOTAM will be issued after 24 hours in this regard. Flight operations in eastern airspace will be opened after considering the new situation.

Pakistani airspace was closed on Feb 27 for all flight operations after Indian intrusion by two aircraft. Flight operations resumed after 54 hours on March 1 at four major airports, on restricted routes.

Flight operations resumed from Lahore and Faisalabad, and then from Multan, Chitral, Punjgur, Turbat and Gwadar, on March 6 after a seven-day suspension.

Published in Dawn, March 10th, 2019