Airports in biggest cities of Pakistan have closed for commercial flights in Pakistan. Air traffic in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and Quetta has been affected as border tensions with India have escalated.
Flights have either been suspended or are facing delays in Pakistan and India as per Flightradar.
The tweet by Flightradar read, “International flights that transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace now being affected. Some flights returning to origin, while others appear to be seeking alternate routing.”
Furthermore Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given a warning to the travelers that the flights might get affected due to the tense situations on both sides of the border.
PIA tweeted, “Attention! As a precautionary measure, PIA flights may be affected due to the closure of Pakistan Commercial Air Space. For details please call our universal helpline +92 021 111 786 786.”
Following the Air Force’s (PAF) response to Indian intrusion, India has also confirmed that it has closed many of its airports and airfields.
Airfields of Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Chandigarh, Shimla, Amritsar and Pathankot have been shut. Also, commercial flights are put on hold thus part of Indian airspace is also facing closure.
It is pertinent to mention here that on Wednesday two Indian aircraft tried entering in Pakistan’s airspace and they were shot down by PAF. One of the jet crashed on Indian occupied Kahmir while the other one fell in Azad Kashmir.
One Indian pilot has been arrested as confirmed by ISPR.