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Pakistan Opens Its Airspace After 135 Days

Pakistan opened its airspace for all civilian traffic on Tuesday morning, removing the ban on the Afghan flights that were not allowed to use its airspace for Kabul-New Delhi and Kabul-Mumbai flights, the Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement on Tuesday.

Pakistan closed its airspace on February 26 after Indian jets targeted Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) “terrorist” in Balakot in Mansehra District Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan on February 14.

Pakistan had earlier said it would not open its airspace for commercial flights until India removed its fighter jets from forward Indian airbases.

In March, Pakistan partially opened its airspace but did not allow Afghan and Indian flight to fly over its airspace. 

It opened one of its 11 air routes for west-bound flights from India mid-April airlines like Air India and Turkish Airlines have started using it.

Foreign airlines using Indian airspace have been forced to take costly detours because they cannot fly over Pakistan. The closure mainly affects flights from Europe to Southeast Asia.

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Pakistan Opens Its Airspace After 135 Days

Pakistan opened its airspace for all civilian traffic on Tuesday morning, effectively removing the ban on Afghan flights.

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Pakistan opened its airspace for all civilian traffic on Tuesday morning, removing the ban on the Afghan flights that were not allowed to use its airspace for Kabul-New Delhi and Kabul-Mumbai flights, the Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement on Tuesday.

Pakistan closed its airspace on February 26 after Indian jets targeted Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) “terrorist” in Balakot in Mansehra District Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan on February 14.

Pakistan had earlier said it would not open its airspace for commercial flights until India removed its fighter jets from forward Indian airbases.

In March, Pakistan partially opened its airspace but did not allow Afghan and Indian flight to fly over its airspace. 

It opened one of its 11 air routes for west-bound flights from India mid-April airlines like Air India and Turkish Airlines have started using it.

Foreign airlines using Indian airspace have been forced to take costly detours because they cannot fly over Pakistan. The closure mainly affects flights from Europe to Southeast Asia.

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