11 flights to and from Delhi cancelled due to Pakistan airspace closure

NEW DELHI: Eleven flights, either arriving at or departing from Delhi, were cancelled due to closure of Pakistan airspace on Friday, airport officials said here.

Due to the Pakistan airspace being closed, there were “22 departures and 17 arrivals that were late” at the Delhi airport on Friday, they said.

“Five flights, which planned to depart from Delhi on March 1, had to be cancelled due to closure of Pakistan airspace. Similarly, six flights, which planned to arrive at Delhi on Friday, had to be cancelled for the same reason,” the airport officials said.

Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority announced Friday that flight operations at Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta airports have resumed.

However, the eastern side airports – Lahore, Multan, Sialkot, Faisalabab and Bahawalpur — will remain closed till March 4, it added.

The closure of Pakistan airspace left thousands of air travellers stranded worldwide and over 700 international and domestic flights were cancelled during the last three days to and from Pakistan, including flights to New Delhi.

Delhi airport officials said a Pakistan International Airlines flight, which had to arrive at 2:10 pm here from Lahore on Friday, was cancelled. Consequently, the flight, which was scheduled to return at 3.30 pm, was cancelled too, according to the officials.   (AGENCIES)