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Pakistan extends airspace closure

01 March 2019

Most airspace in Pakistan will remain closed to commercial overflights until at least 4 March, while India has lifted airspace closures around eight airports, as military tensions remain high in Kashmir.

Overflights in the Kabul Flight Information Region (FIR) in Afghanistan are also limited because of the closures in Pakistan.

The Pakistani authorities issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) on 1 March that extends the closure of the Karachi and Lahore FIRs, with the exception of specific flightpaths to and from Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, and Quetta international airports.

There are no restrictions in Indian airspace, although delays and airport congestion remain because of the high volume of flights being rerouted around Pakistan.

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