PIA cancels flights to Northern areas due to air space restrictions

Published: September 21, 2016
Pakistan warplanes engage in a landing, takeoff rehearsal following threats from India, say reports. PHOTO: FAISAL MOIN/EXPRESS

Pakistan warplanes engage in a landing, takeoff rehearsal following threats from India, say reports. PHOTO: FAISAL MOIN/EXPRESS

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Wednesday cancelled its flights to Northern areas following the closure of airspace by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

“As per directives of CAA, the air space over Northern areas will remain closed on Wednesday, September 21. Inconvenience regretted,” PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani said on Twitter.

While the reason behind the suspension of flights was not specified, reports suggest Pakistan’s warplanes are engaged in a takeoff and landing rehearsal amid threats from India following attack on its Srinagar military base.

Mounting tensions: Pakistan dismisses Indian charge of truce violation

Eighteen Indian soldiers were killed by four militants in the attack on an Army Brigade Headquarters in the Uri area near the Line of Control (LoC) Sunday morning. The assault was among the deadliest in held Kashmir and has sharply ratcheted up tension between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Earlier on Monday, Indian army reportedly requested the Modi government to consider “limited but punitive” cross-border strikes to send a message to Pakistan, which it holds responsible for the attack.

Indian military asks govt to consider ‘punitive’ cross-border strikes

Flights cancelled

PK 451 Islamabad – Skardu and PK 452 Skardu – Islamabad
PK 605 Islamabad – Gilgit and PK 606 Gilgit – Islamabad
PK 607 Islamabad – Gilgit and PK 608 Gigit – Islamabad
PK 609 Islamabad – Gilgit and PK 610 Gilgit – Islamabad
PK 660 Islamabad – Chitral – Peshawar and PK 661 Peshawar – Chitral – Islamabad

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Pakpatriot
    Sep 21, 2016 - 1:14PM

    It is never going to happen,,, So keep operating…!!Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Sep 21, 2016 - 1:43PM

    PAF should be ever vigilant than before. Our AWACS should be in the air for the critical time frames. Our SAM systems must monitor the airspace 24/7.. Moreover India can make use of stealth technology and low level flying copters to evade radars. The nighttime is especially critical. Our ground based intelligence at the border must be vigilant to witness any change. Moreover PAF should request China to give our forces the real time satellite reconnaissance information on the movement of Fighter planes, copters and UAVs on all Indian airbases near the Pakistani border. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 21, 2016 - 4:34PM

    @Malik Saab: Our AWACS were destroyed by our Brothers in a friendly attack. Don’t you remember? The only solution is that both Pakistan and India should sit and talk peace Friendship and brotherly relationship is the only option. It’s going to happen sooner or later. Stop this nonsense. Spend these resources on poor people, prosper and live happily.Recommend

  • Haris
    Sep 21, 2016 - 5:01PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad
    but we need to prepare for warmongering Indians, who would not think like you.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 21, 2016 - 5:29PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Save your lecture for the Indians. Besides, your information on AWAC is incorrect so it is better to do some research before hand.Recommend

  • Adeel
    Sep 21, 2016 - 5:56PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Keep biting your self baby. We will never ever allow peace in this region until Kashmiris are given the exact rights the have been promised.Recommend

  • Shah
    Sep 21, 2016 - 6:33PM

    It’s stupid to cancel flights
    Civilians should do normal work and air force should do its
    Country will do better when it is not scared and get out of its habit and take on serious things head on
    Incorporate and integrate and not isolate selfRecommend

  • Usman
    Sep 21, 2016 - 8:37PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: <== This is the same guy who’s defending ‘N’ on every opportunity.Recommend

  • whatever
    Sep 21, 2016 - 9:07PM

    India just issued warning and Pakistan went into safe modeRecommend

  • Malik Saab
    Sep 22, 2016 - 12:15AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: We have operational AWAC systems. The destroyed ones are already replaced with the Swedish ones. Do some research before commenting. Recommend

  • hari
    Sep 22, 2016 - 12:19AM

    Our boys came, hit the targets and came back. LolRecommend

  • Sunil
    Sep 22, 2016 - 9:10AM


    This is it, we will spill your blood soon. Publish or not it will happen.Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Sep 23, 2016 - 2:42AM

    You Indians wants to declare war on us,so JUST BRING IT.Let’s see that how far can you go.We Pakistanis are ready for Ghazwa-e-Hind.Allahu Akbar.Recommend

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