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Pakistan extends closure of its airspace till March 11

Islamabad, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 09 March 2019, 05:09 PM
Pakistan on Friday had announced that the country's airspace would be fully re-opened from March 9. (File Photo)
Pakistan on Friday had announced that the country's airspace would be fully re-opened from March 9. (File Photo)

Pakistan has once against extended the closure of its airspace for international transit flights till March 11. Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued a new notification on Saturday stating that the opening of Pakistan's airspace has been delayed till 3 p.m. on March 11 (Monday). The decision came a day after, Pakistan on Friday had announced that the country's airspace would be fully re-opened from March 9.

However, Saturday's notification stated that the airspace has been closed for all flights from east to west and west to east till March 11 while some transit flights between the north and south of Pakistan's airspace have been permitted to fly over some routes.

Pakistan’s airspace was closed on February 27 due to tensions between India and Pakistan following a dogfight between the two nuclear-powered nations on February 26 in the aftermath Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed. Pakistan-based banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Flights between Asia and Europe were also disrupted, stranding thousands of passengers, the report said.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Saturday, March 09, 2019 05:08 PM
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