Pakistan’s Airspace to Remain Shut for Indian Flights Till 30 May

Pakistan on Wednesday, 15 May, decided not to lift its airspace ban for Indian flights till May 30, as Islamabad is awaiting the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls in India.

Pakistan fully closed its airspace after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on 26 February. However, Pakistan opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur on 27 March.

"The top officials of defence and aviation ministries held a meeting on Wednesday to reconsider opening its airspace for Indian flights. They decided that Pakistan's airspace will remain banned for the Indian flights till 30 May, a senior government official told PTI after the meeting.

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He said the Civil Aviation Authority has also notified the decision to the airmen. The authority issued a notification (Notam) after the meeting to pilots, advising them of circumstances relating to the state of flying.

The official said the government will now consider lifting of the ban on Pakistan's airspace for Indian flights on 30 May.

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