Islamabad, March 1: Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday issued a fresh notice to airmen (NOTAM) to reopen airspace with restrictions. The decision was taken as tensions eased after Islamabad announced the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. However, the full operations will not be resumed till March 4. The four international airports which are reopened are Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, and Islamabad. Balakot Strike Evidence Shared With Govt, Upto Them to Reveal: IAF.
According to a fresh circular, flight operations only to/from Karachi international, Peshawar international, Quetta international and Islamabad international airports with restricted entry/exit as follows will be available. The notice to partially open airspace was issued three days after Pakistan had shut down its entire airspace due to increasing tensions with India. Flightradar24, which tracks real-time air traffic that around 400 were affected due shutdown of airspace by Pakistan. Indian Air Force Presents Evidence To Expose Pakistan Lies on Use of F-16 Jets.
Tweet of CAA Pakistan:
#Pakistan is to reopen its airspace with restrictions.
Please contact your airline for further details & information.
NOTAM issued until 4 March 19 0800 UTC. pic.twitter.com/6xA3oxoDiH
— CAA Pakistan (@AirportPakistan) March 1, 2019
In the wake of increasing tension, India too had at least eight airports after Indian Air Force (IAF) Wg Cd. Varthaman was taken into custody by Pakistan Army. Meanwhile, the IAF officer will reach India today in the evening after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced yesterday to release him. The IAF pilot's Mig-21 Bison crashed in Pakistan Occupies territory while engaging Pakistan fighter jets which attempted to violate Indian airspace on February 27. He shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet with his Mig-21 Bison before being hit.