Pakistan Closes Airspace Due to Rising Tensions with India

The Pakistani airspace has been closed due to rising tensions with its neighbor, India. The two countries have been in conflict for quite some time. This came to a head two days ago when India launched an attack against Jaish-e-Mohammed in the disputed Kashmir region. The operation led to Pakistan claiming to have shot down two Indian Air Force jets. The politics of this situation are more involved than these two events so I will not elaborate. It is worth noting that commercial travel was immediately affected by the airspace closure.

Some airplanes were forced to return to their origin…

AC42 – Toronto to Delhi

Pakistan Airspace Closure
AC42

TG916 – Bangkok to London

Pakistan Airspace Closure
TG916

…while others were diverted.

SG22 – Kabul to Delhi

Pakistan Airspace Closure
SG22

SIA318 – Singapore to London

Pakistan Airspace Closure
SIA318

Final Word

It is unfortunate that the situation between India and Pakistan has escalated to this level. I cannot speculate on the length of the airspace closure, but can hope it is not like the Qatar blockade imposed last year. As always, check with your airline for any travel updates.

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