Dozens of Flights Cancelled, Diverted After Pakistan Closes Airspace

By Paul Riegler on 27 February 2019
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A PIA jet at JFK

A PIA jet at JFK

Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority said Wednesday it had closed the country’s airspace to all commercial flights.

The move followed the shooting down of two Indian jets.

The country’s military said it had shot down two Indian aircraft that had crossed into Pakistan’s side of the disputed Kashmir region.

The conflict is forcing global airlines to cancel some flights and reroute others.

Pakistan Airlines cancelled all flights on Wednesday.

“As a precautionary measure, PIA flights may be affected due to closure of Pakistan Commercial Air Space,” the airline said on Twitter.

Air Canada Flight 42, flying from Toronto to Delhi, on Wednesday made it as far as Sweden, only to turn back, while Singapore Flight 308, which was destined for London, diverted to Dubai.

SriLankan Airlines was forced to cancel flights to two Pakistani cities as a result of the airspace closure, it said in a statement, and Russia’s Rosaviatsia state aviation agency told Russian airlines to avoid flying over India and Pakistan “due to the geopolitical situation on the Indian subcontinent.” Emirates and Qatar Airways suspended all flights to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, hundreds of British tourists were reportedly stranded in South East Asia after Thai Airways cancelled all European flights. The 13-hour flight normally shoots straight across India and passes over Pakistani airspace.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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