Pakistan has reopened its airspace today, after months of restrictions. They were imposed after air attacks on the territory by rival India, which was aimed at a supposed training camp of a militant group.
“Pakistani airspace is fully open to all types of flights,” said Ahmer Azeem, spokesperson for the civil aviation authority.
Pakistan had closed the airspace in parts of the country in February. The Indian fighter planes had flown into the air from the east. The Pakistani air force responded and shot an Indian aircraft. The pilot was taken prisoner.
The Pakistani authorities subsequently closed the airspace, an important escape route that connects Central and Southeast Asia with South Asia. A few weeks later, Pakistan partially reopened the airspace, but not along the border with India. As a result, airlines had to follow longer flight routes every day, which took more time and also cost more.
“All types of flights can now fly through Pakistan,” said the spokesperson.