According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Pakistan, the airspace will be reopened but with restrictions.
The official tweet by CAA read, “Pakistan is to reopen its airspace with restrictions. Please contact your airline for further details & information. NOTAM issued until 4 March 19 0800 UTC.”
Another tweet of CAA stated, “Existing NOTAM has expired for suspension of Pakistan airspace. Please stay connected for more updates or contact your airline for further details. Decision on restoration of active airspace will be shared soon.”
Earlier it was stated that Pakistan will reopen its airspace for local and international flights from 1st March, Friday at 1:00 pm on Friday. Due to the escalation of geopolitical tensions between India and Pakistan, the airspace was closed. Initially it was said that the airspace will reopen on Friday morning but then it was further delayed to 1:00 pm on Friday.
A CAA official said, “All the domestic and international travelers have been notified. We have also informed International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) headquarters.”
It is pertinent to mention here that India violated Pakistan’s international border earlier this week. As Indian jets violated Pakistan’s airspace, Pakistan shot them down as a retaliation and captured the Indian IAF Pilot.
Now as a peace gesture, Pakistan will return the Indian pilot indicting that our country does not want war. We believe in peace and that is the message we want to convey to the world, especially India.
Hopefully the situation will deescalate from here onwards and Pakistan’s airspace will reopen with no restrictions soon.