Pakistan delays reopening of its airspace

Pakistan delays reopening of its airspace

Pakistan resumed flights at more airports but delayed until March 5 the reopening of its airspace nationwide, aviation authorities said, as tension with India eased after a standoff that brought the nuclear-armed neighbors to the brink of war.

Pakistan shut its airspace last week, leaving thousands of travelers stranded and forcing carriers to reroute flights, but resumed partial operations at four airports on Friday.

Two more airports have since opened, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said, adding that curbs were expected to be removed on March 5.

"Some airports are open," its spokesman Mustafa Baig said, adding that airports in the capital of Islamabad, the southern port of Karachi, and the cities of Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Faisalabad were partly functional.

He did say not why the reopening of airspace, originally scheduled for Monday, had been delayed, Reuters reported.

The partial resumption of flights follows a week of tension that appears to be easing after Pakistan released an Indian pilot shot down during an aerial clash over the disputed Kashmir region on Wednesday.

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