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Flight operations resume at Lahore airport

LAHORE: The flight operations resumed at Lahore’s Allama International Airport on Sunday after being suspended for 72 hours due to escalating tensions with neighbouring country India.

The domestic and international flight operations were resumed at 6am on Sunday, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said in a statement, adding that all airlines have been informed about the resumption of operations at the airport.

Meanwhile, the Multan airport remained closed for commercial airports as the sources earlier stated that it will be opened on March 4.

On Saturday, the flight operations were resumed at Quetta, Karachi, Islamabad and Peshawar airports.

Earlier, Pakistan kept its airspace closed amid escalating tensions with India. However, CAA said that flight operations across the country resumed at 5am on Friday.

CAA clarified that the earlier notification which mentioned that the airspace had been closed “until 2359HRS of February 28” was as per Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5am on March 1 PST.

“Since the existing NOTAM is effective until 2359HRS of February 28, Pakistan airspace shall remain closed. Please stay in touch with your airlines for the timely update on any further changes,” CAA tweeted.

Several airlines, including Emirates, Air Canada and Qatar Airways, suspended flights to Pakistan owing to closure of its airspace.

Etihad, Fly Dubai, Gulf Air, SriLankan Airlines and Air Canada also suspended services to the country and flight tracking portals showed Singapore Airlines, British Airways and others were forced to reroute flights.

Tension has been elevated since the Pulwama attack on February 14 in which over 40 Indian paramilitaries were killed in occupied Kashmir.

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