Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority closes airspace for all commercial flights [Updated]

Nine airports in northern India have also closed for commercial air travel according to country officials
Commercial flight operations have ceased in Pakistan until further notice.
Commercial flight operations have ceased in Pakistan until further notice.

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced over Twitter that Pakistani airspace has been officially closed for all commercial flight operations until further notice.

The announcement was made after the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations confirmed the closure of the country’s airspace due to the ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India.

Current coverage on Flight Radar 24, a global flight tracking service, display largely empty airspace over Pakistan.

Additionally, media sources in India are reporting the termination of all commercial flights at nine airports across the country. This includes airports at Leh, Pathankot, Srinagar, Pithoragarh, Shimla, Kangra, Kullu Manali, Jammu and Amritsar.

Vistara, a joint venture carrier owned by India's Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines, has also shared tweets updating passengers on the status of current flights.


Abu Dhabi Airport has now reported on its Twitter feed that all flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport and Al Ain International that were scheduled to fly to Pakistan are on hold until further notice.


Vistara is now reporting that airspace restrictions in Northern India have been lifted. The airline is now moving to resume its regular schedule to Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh, and Leh from 28 February 2019.


Pakistan International Airlines has announced a small number of priority flights to the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

According to its Twitter feed, Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority has shared that the country's airspace will continue to remain closed for commercial flights until midnight of 28 February. There is no word yet when normal operations will resume.

Final Update:

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has begun to re-open its airspace. On 1 March, the aviation authority opened four major airports to receive flights. More airports are expected to open within the coming days, though there are still restricted airspace operating with the existing NOTAM.

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