The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Saturday, Pakistan again extended its partial airspace ban along its eastern border with India till July 26.
According to a CAA spokesperson Nawaz Ahmed Sipra, 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 had on Feb 26 fully closed its airspace following the violation of its international boundary and airspace by Indian fighter jets. In March, it partially opened its airspace but kept it banned for the Indian flights. India had also banned its airspace for flights to Pakistan.
Pakistan has granted special permission at the request of India to allow External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to fly over. According to media reports, Sushma Swaraj’s flight was authorized to use Pakistani airspace, with the Indian minister scheduled to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Bishkek session on 21 May.
In the wake of airspace closure, Indian media reports say that the flights of several airlines around the world have been either re-routed or canceled, with as many as 400 flights being affected on a daily basis. Out of all the airlines, Air India is one of the worst-hit airlines.