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Pakistan & India lift all restrictions on civil flights 5 months after Kashmir standoff


Added 07-16-19 01:37:02am EST - “Pakistan has reopened its skies for civilian flights, which have been forced to make detours after the fighting between New Delhi and Islamabad over Kashmir earlier this year. India has reportedly done the same.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Pakistan & India lift all restrictions on civil flights 5 months after Kashmir standoff”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

On Tuesday morning, the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority released a statement, saying it had issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) just after midnight on Tuesday, that opens the Pakistani airspace for “all types of civilian traffic.” The order is applicable “with immediate effect.”

“Airlines likely to resume normal routes through Pakistan airspace,” a senior official with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has confirmed, telling the Economic Times that the airlines have already been given a go-ahead.

READ MORE: First India-bound flight passes through Pakistani airspace since conflict earlier this year

Aerial transportation between the two neighbors came practically to a standstill after a bitter standoff in February this year that saw fierce aerial combat over the contested area of Kashmir, following Indian airstrikes on alleged positions of the Jaish-e-Mohammed group, which had killed 44 Indian police officers. Pakistan retaliated, shooting down an Indian jet and capturing a pilot, who went on to became a national hero in India upon his release. Sporadic cross-border violence continued as tensions soared, stoking fears of an all-out war between the two nuclear powers.

Govt sources:Consequent to Pak issuing NOTAM to lift airspace restrictions, relevant authorities have informed that India has also issued revised NOTAM immediately thereafter.With this,normal air traffic operations have resumed through all Flight Information Regions b/w India&Pak pic.twitter.com/3crg3JjEE2

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