KARACHI: Pakistan’s eastern airspace will remain suspended for all transit flights till July 12, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Friday.
According to a CAA spokesperson, Pakistani airspace will remain closed for over-flight and transit flights until the issuance of new orders. However, flight operations will continue as per routine on the Eastern Air Side and the Western airspace
Pakistan took the decision to shut its airspace on February 27, sending India a strong message and forcing carriers to reroute flights, after an aerial dogfight between Pakistan and Indian air forces.
Since the Feb 27 air combat, the closure of Pakistan’s eastern airspace has been consistently extending, while flight operations on the other sides remain functional.
Pakistan had granted special permission to the request of India to let its Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj overflight. According to media reports, Sushma Swaraj’s flight was permitted to use Pakistani airspace as the Indian minister was scheduled to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation session in Bishkek on May 21.