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