Pakistan Civil Aviation authority continued a limited opening of its airspace for commercial flights, and today it reopened Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport for international and domestic flight operations. Pakistan closed its air space earlier this week at the height of tensions with neighbouring India that saw both countries carry out air raids inside each other’s territories for the first time since the 1971 war.
Pakistan’s civil aviation authority issued a new NOTAM on Sunday allowing restricted operations at the Allama Iqbal international airport in Lahore.
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This comes after partial operations at Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and the capital, Islamabad, resumed on Friday at 6PM.
Pakistan’s other airports like Multan International, Sialkot International and Faislababad international as well as airports in Gilgit Baltistan, and interior Sindh region remained closed.
CAA was expected to issue a new NOTAM about the restrictions as the current NOTAM time limit expires. Technically the current NOTAM stands until a new one is issued.
Due to the airspace restrictions International and domestic air travel in the region has been massively disrupted, as many airports along the border of Pakistan and India are shut, international flights that use Pakistani airspace to overfly have been rerouted or suspended. Adding additional stopovers and costs for airlines that use to fly over Pakistan.