Pakistan on Friday reopened its airspace with restrictions and announced the resumption of flight operations from Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta airports, which had been suspended since Wednesday due to tensions with India.
The CAA spokesperson stated that the airports will be available from 06:00pm for commercial flights.
According to the latest NOTAM, flight operations will remain suspended in Lahore, Sialkot, Faisalabad and Multan airports till 1pm March 4.
According to an official of the CAA, the airspace will be restored at 1:00 pm on Friday. “All the domestic and international travelers have been notified,” the official said, requesting anonymity. “We have also informed IATA’s (International Air Transport Association) headquarters.”
The tension between neighbouring India and Pakistan escalated earlier this week. Pakistan shot down two Indian jets in retaliation for their violation of the country’s international border, triggering an air travel imbroglio across the region.
The senior official, however, said the final decision to restore airspace depends on the higher authorities despite issuance of notices to airmen, widely known as Notams, by the CAA.