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Posted On: 28 February 2019 09:29 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:20 pm

Qatar suspends all commercial flights to Pakistan

Khadiza Begum
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Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) announced yesterday (February 27) the suspension of all commercial flights from the State of Qatar to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The decision was made based on a NOTAM notification issued by Pakistan saying that its airspace is closed to commercial flights. The authority said that it will monitor the situation and take the appropriate measures regarding them in order to ensure the safety of passengers and planes, reported Qatar News Agency (QNA)

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways said in a travel alert that "flights to and from Pakistan may be delayed", reported Gulf Times.

"Airspace over all of Pakistan has been closed until further notice due to an escalation in India-Pakistan tensions," the national carrier said in the alert posted on its website. As a result, Qatar Airways flights to Peshawar, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Sialkot may be delayed or suspended until further notice.

"Flights to other destinations close to this region may experience delays as they divert around the closed airspace," the airline added.

Passengers travelling to and from Pakistan or other destinations in the immediate region have been advised to check the flight status information on the Qatar Airways website and update the following:

  • Check flight details on the Flight Status tab on the Qatar Airways homepage, their current contact details on the Manage Booking tab on the Qatar Airways homepage
  • If the flight booking was made through a travel agent, one should contact the agent to update their contact details and re-book tickets.
  • If one has difficulty managing a booking, for assistance they can contact the Customer Care line at 4010 8932 or 4010 8938.
  • If overseas, one can contact the nearest Qatar Airways office
    Website: (
    Email: [email protected]
    Tweet or DM the airline at @qrsupport

Updates will follow as information becomes available, the airline said.

India-Pakistan tension affects international flights

Pakistan closed its airspace following heightened tensions with India [KM Chaudary/AP]
Pakistan closed its airspace following heightened tensions with India [KM Chaudary/AP]

All international commercial flights to Pakistan are suspended with some airlines forced to reroute transit flights, reported Al Jazeera.

Several international airlines have suspended flights to Pakistan after the South Asian nation closed its airspace in light of heightened tensions with neighbouring India.

Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad, flydubai, Gulf Air, SriLankan Airlines, and Air Canada on Wednesday suspended services to the country and some parts of India.

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