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.
#TravelUpdate2: Due to airspace restrictions, flights to and from Amritsar, Srinagar, and Jammu are currently on hold. Chandigarh is now open again for flights. Customers are requested to check flight status before commencing their journey to the airport. (1/2)— Vistara (@airvistara) February 27, 2019
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.
Due to airspace and airport closures in Pakistan, all flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport & Al Ain International Airport, on all operating airlines to Pakistan, are on hold until further notice. 2/4— Abu Dhabi Airport (@AUH) February 27, 2019
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.
#TravelUpdate3: Airspace restrictions that were announced earlier today for Northern India have now been removed. We plan to operate our regular schedule to Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh, and Leh starting tomorrow. (1/2)— Vistara (@airvistara) February 27, 2019
Pakistan International Airlines has announced a small number of priority flights to the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
پاکستانی فضائی حدود کے عارضی طور پر کھل جانےپر پی آئی اے نے ترجیحی بنیادوں پر سعودی عرب اور یو اے ای کے لئے بعض پروازیں بحال کرنے کا فیصلہ کیا ہے ۔ پی کے 731 آج شام 6 بجے روانہ کراچی سے جدہ، پی کے 213 رات 10 بجے کراچی سے دبئی، پی کے 747 شام 6 بجے کراچی سے مدینہ— PIA (@Official_PIA) 28 February 2019
پی کے 245 رات 11 بجے کراچی سے دمام کے لئے روانہ ہوں گی۔
مسافروں سے درخواست ہے کہ ائیر پورٹ روانگی سے قبل ہمارے کال سنٹر سے ضرور رابطہ کریں۔— PIA (@Official_PIA) 28 February 2019
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.
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.
Flight operation to & from Islamabad, Quetta, Peshawar & Karachi will resume under restricted airspace.
For more details please contact your airline.
For #PCAA safety & comfort of PAX is of utmost priority for which inconvenience is regretted.
May peace prevail & Paindabad! https://t.co/7W60Zd4Epc— CAA Pakistan (@AirportPakistan) March 1, 2019