Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority closes airspace as conflict intensifies

The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has published a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) closing all airspace to commercial operators as conflict intensifies with India across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.

According to news sources, two Indian warplanes were shot down over Kashmir where a pilot was captured in a major escalation of the conflict in the disputed territory.

Airports Authority of India has imposed a three-month ban on flights for the following airports: Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport, Amritsar; Pathankot Airport; Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport, Srinagar; Jammu Airport; Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh; Shimla Airport, Jubbarhatti; Kangra Airport, Gaggal; and Kullu–Manali Airport, Bhuntar.

Several Indian airlines have announced affected services including Amritsar, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Jammu, Leh and Srinagar, following the airspace restrictions to cities.

IndiGo, GoAir, Jet Airways and Vistara have confirmed flights to several airports are on hold or temporarily suspended.

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