Eastern airspace to remain closed till July 26
People to ignore opposition’s protest movement: Ghulam Sarwar
KARACHI/ ISLAMABAD/ RAWALPINDI
Pakistan has extended the closure of its eastern airspace for all transit flights till July 26 amid tensions with India, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Saturday. According to a CAA spokesperson, Pakistani airspace will remain closed for over-flight and transit flights until the issuance of new orders. However, flight operations will continue as per routine on the Eastern Air Side and the Western airspace
Pakistan took the decision to shut its airspace on February 27, sending India a strong message and forcing carriers to reroute flights, after an aerial dogfight between Pakistan and Indian air forces. Since the Feb 27 air combat, the closure of Pakistan’s eastern airspace has been consistently extending, while flight operations on the other sides remain functional.
Pakistan had granted special permission to the request of India to let its Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj overflight. According to media reports, Sushma Swaraj’s flight was permitted to use Pakistani airspace as the Indian minister was scheduled to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation session in Bishkek on May 21.
In the wake of airspace closure, Indian media reports say that the flights of several airlines around the world have been either re-routed or canceled, with as many as 400 flights being affected on a daily basis. Out of all the airlines, Air India is one of the worst-hit airlines.
Meanwhile, Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan has the conspiracies of the opposition parties to destabilize the system stand exposed before the masses. Talking to the media in Rawalpindi on Saturday, he said the people will not become part of any protest movement of the opposition parties as they fully understand their real motives. He said the opposition parties cannot hide their corruption through such tactics.
The Federal Minister regretted the no confidence motion moved by the opposition against the Senate Chairman. He expressed the confidence that this no confidence motion will meet failure. Ghulam Sarwar Khan said the PML (N) has always tried to undermine and weaken the institutions.
Later, during his visit to Islamabad International Airport Has said plastic luggage-wrapping rates should be as minimum as possible for the convenience of passengers at the airports. During his visit to Islamabad International Airport, he directed the Civil Aviation Authority management to follow a uniform policy for luggage-wrapping service at all airports with proper display of its rates at a prominent place at each airport.
The minister took strict notice of receiving Rs 100 per plastic wrapping by airport authorities.
Moreover, Airport Manager Tahir Sikandar briefed the minister about the integrated building management system and the current human resources of the airport. He also told Khan regarding the issue of parking and green channel at the airport.