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Saturday Mar 02 2019

Flight operations resume at Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta airports

KARACHI: Flight operations resumed at Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta airports on Saturday after over 54 hours as Pakistan's airspace was closed following escalating tensions with neighbouring India. 

Lahore and Multan airports will remain closed till March 4, sources said.

Flights that were scheduled to travel to Lahore are being diverted to  Islamabad and Peshawar airports.

Airport officials at Peshawar’s Bacha Khan International Airport said, normal flight operations have resumed at the airport.

Flights to and from Dubai, Doha, Riyadh and Karachi will arrive and depart on time, officials added. 

A day earlier Pakistan's aviation authority partially resumed operations for some international and domestic flights as thousands of passengers were left stranded worldwide after Islamabad shut down air travel following escalating tensions with India.

A CAA spokesperson on Friday said the airspace was "partially re-opened", adding that it would be fully restored by Monday. The spokesperson said flights would be allowed in and out of Pakistan's major airports at Islamabad, Peshawar, Karachi and Quetta starting Friday, with the rest of the airspace to be re-opened "gradually".