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Pakistan re-starting some flights, to fully re-open commercial airspace Monday

A spokeswoman said Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta airports would begin some flights on Friday with the remainder opening next week, adding airspace for all commercial flights would be re-opened on March 4 at 1.00 p.m. (0800 GMT).

The decision to re-open Pakistani airspace came amid signs that the conflict between the two nuclear-armed neighbours was cooling with an Indian pilot shot down and captured by Pakistani forces this week due to be returned home on Friday.

The closure of Pakistan’s airspace has disrupted not just the country’s own air transport but also flights world-wide as airlines were forced to cancel or reroute flights to other destinations that pass over Pakistan.

This week flights between Asia and Europe were severely affected by the closure, with thousands of passengers stranded, although airlines were later able to reroute many flights through China that normally pass over Pakistan.

(Production: Waseem Sattar, Shahabuddin Shahab)

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