Pakistan decided to open its airspace for all ordinary traffic on Tuesday morning. This decision removes the ban on Afghan flights scheduled between Kabul-New Delhi and Kabul -Mumbai that weren’t earlier allowed to use Pakistan’s airspace.
Pakistan banned the usage of its airspace on February 26 this year after Indian Air force attacked Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camps in Balakotsituated in Manshera District of Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan on February 14 following the attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir in India that killed 40 Indian soldiers.
Earlier Pakistan had said that its routes wouldn’t be open to all civilian flights until India pulled off its fighter jets placed at the Indian airbases. In March this year, Pakistan had partially opened its air routes but Afghan and Indian flights were denied access.
Many Foreign airlines that use Indian airspace were forced to take costly and longer routes because they were denied access to Pakistan’s airspace. The ban affected mostly European and Southeast Asian flights.