The Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), announced on Wednesday, February 27, that the airspace over Pakistan will be closed until at least 23:59 (local time) on Thursday, February 28.Pakistan airspace remained closed Thursday morning local time as the country’s increasingly brimfull tensions with India disrupted thousands of flights worldwide for the second day.
All international and domestic commercial flights in and out of Pakistan were canceled “until further notice.
Thousands of people were also stuck by affected airlines that not only land in Pakistan, but fly over its airspace-one of the major routes from Southeast Asia into Europe.
Thai Airways announced that all its European routes “departing near midnight of 27 FEB through early 28 FEB” were canceled “due to the sudden closure of Pakistani airspace as a result of tension between India and Pakistan.”
On Thursday morning, there were no Thai Airways flights between Bangkok and London, Munich, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Vienna, Stockholm, Zurich, Copenhagen and Oslo, the airline said in a statement.
Other airlines diverted or re-routed their flights and some had to make stops to take on extra fuel to complete extended journeys that avoided Pakistan airspace.
Singapore Airlines announced that some of its flights from Singapore to London would have to stop in either Dubai or Mumbai to refuel.
A map of flight paths in and out of Pakistan posted on Twitter by flight tracking company Flightradar24 on Wednesday showed all flights had stopped.
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