Pakistan airspace reopened after standoff with India


Pakistan airspace for civilian flights has been fully reopened nearly five months after it was closed following a standoff with India.

The closure forced international airlines to reroute around Pakistan and cost them millions of dollars.

State-owned carrier Air India and other Indian airlines were worst hit.

Pakistan shut its airspace in February after India attacked Balakot as retaliation for a suicide bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers and was claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group.

It responded by shooting down an Indian fighter jet which brought the countries to the brink of war.

Flights going through Pakistan which is on a key aviation corridor, were cancelled and other flights have had to change route since.

In March, Pakistan partially opened its airspace – but not for flights going to and  coming out of India.

Early on Tuesday it was stated that the airspace has been fully reopened, In a statement according to a Notice to Airmen published on the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority’s website.  “With immediate effect Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civil traffic on published ATS (Air Traffic Service) routes,”

India’s aviation ministry said there were no further restrictions on airspace in either country.

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