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Pakistan lifts ban on Afghan flights to India

16 Jul 2019 - 13:16
16 Jul 2019 - 13:16

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan on Tuesday announced opening its airspace for all civilian traffic, lifting a ban on Afghan flights to New Delhi and Mumbai.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced an end to the closure of Pakistan’s airspace, which was ordered on February 26 after Indian jets struck Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists in the Mansehra district Pakhtunkhwa province.

Pakistan had earlier said it would not open its airspace for commercial flights until India removed its fighter jets from forward airbases.

In March, Pakistan partially opened its airspace but did not allow Afghan and Indian flight to use its airspace. 

Foreign airlines using Indian airspace have been forced to take costly detours because they could not fly over Pakistan.

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