Pakistan airspace partially reopens

Pakistan has extended its airspace restrictions through to Mar 29 at the earliest. Specific routes remain open for international flights to all the main airports, and for east-west overflights of the country.

A0307/19 (Issued for OPKR OPLR)
AA) ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES OPERATIONS TO/FROM AIRPORTS MENTIONED IN NOTAM NO.A0306/19 ARE TEMPORARILY RESTRICTED TO OPERATE ON FOLLOWING ROUTE SEGMENTS WITH CONNECTIVITY VIA ATS ROUTE G325 (JI G325 PS DCT 3550N07210E DCT PURPA AND VICE VERSA) AS FOLLOWS:
I) (G325)JI-LAKIV-OPKC
II) (G325)PG-DOSTI-OPKC
III) OPKC-PARET-PG(G325)
IV) OPKC-PARET-JI(G325)
V) OPIS-KALMI-HANGU(G325) AND VICE VERSA
VI) OPLA-PATNI-JHANG-DI-ZB(G325)/SAJAN(G325)/LAKRA(G325) AND VICE VERSA
VII) OPFA-JHANG-DI-ZB(G325)/SAJAN(G325) AND VICE VERSA
VIII) OPPS-PS(G325) AND VICE VERSA
IX) OPQT-PARLO(G325)/KALAT(G325)/ZB(G325) AND VICE VERSA
X) OPMT-HILAL-PARLO(G325) AND VICE VERSA
XI) OPMT-DI-REGET(G325) AND VICE VERSA
XII) OPCH J118 PS(G325) AND VICE VERSA
XIII) METBI/EGRON-JI(G325) AND VICE VERSA
XIV) ASVIB/KEBUD-PG(G325) AND VICE VERSA
XV) SERKA/DERBO-KALAT(G325) AND VICE VERSA
XVI) BIROS-ZB(G325) AND VICE VERSA
XVII) DOBAT-REGET(G325) AND VICE VERSA
XVIII) SITAX-SAJAN(G325) AND VICE VERSA
XIX) LAJAK-LAKRA(G325) AND VICE VERSA
XX) LAJAK-HANGU(G325) AND VICE VERSA
XXI) APELO B505 PG(G325)
XXII) (G325)PG T385 TAPDO
XXIII) OPDB J171 PG (G325)
BB) G325 CONNECTIVITY IS NOT REQUIRED ON FOLLOWING ROUTES ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE OPERATIONS:
I) ALPOR-LAKIV-OPKC
II) OPKC-PARET-TAPDO
III) OPMT J141 DI-JHANG-OPFA/OPLA AND VICE VERSA
IV) OPPS-NONIB-KALMI-OPIS AND VICE VERSA
V) OPKC-PARET-OPPG/OPTU/OPGD(VIA PI)
VI) OPGD-PI-LAKIV-OPKC
VII) OPTU/OPPG-DOSTI-OPKC
CC) NAWABSHAH AIRPORT IS AVAILABLE TO FLIGHT PLAN AS ALTERNATE TO KARACHI INTERNATIONAL FOR NATIONAL OPERATORS ONLY.
20 MAR 06:20 2019 UNTIL 29 MAR 23:59 2019 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 20 MAR 06:23 2019

A0306/19 (Issued for OPKR OPLR)
FLIGHT OPERATION TO/FROM FOLLOWING AIRPORTS IN PAKISTAN SHALL REMAIN AVAILABLE AS PER OPERATION HOURS MENTIONED IN AIP PAKISTAN/NOTAM:
I) KARACHI INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC
II) LAHORE INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC
III) ISLAMABAD INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC
IV) PESHAWAR INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC
V) QUETTA INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC
VI) FAISALABAD INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC
VII) MULTAN INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC
VIII) TURBAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC
IX) GWADAR INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC
X) CHITRAL DOMESTIC
XI) PANJGUR DOMESTIC
XII) DALBANDIN DOMESTIC.
20 MAR 06:10 2019 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 20 MAR 06:11 2019

A0308/19 (Issued for OPKR OPLR)
PAKISTAN AIRSPACE WILL REMAIN CLOSED FOR ALL OVERFLYING (TRANSIT) FLIGHTS TILL 21ST MARCH 2019,TIME 1000 UTC(EST) EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING ATS ROUTES:
I) PURPA DCT 3550N07210E DCT PS G325 KALAT G452 DERBO AND VICE VERSA
II) PURPA DCT 3550N07210E DCT PS G325 PG G665 ASVIB AND VICE VERSA
III) PURPA DCT 3550N07210E DCT PS G325 JI-METBI/EGRON AND VICE VERSA
IV) PURPA DCT 3550N07210E DCT PS G325 PG T385 TAPDO
V) APELO B505 PG G325 PS DCT 3550N07210E DCT PURPA
VI) ALPOR M504 TELEM
VII) SAPNA DCT TAPDO AS CONTINGENCY CONNECTIVITY FOR WEST BOUND FLIGHTS ON 24 HRS BASIS
VIII) TRANSIT FLIGHTS ARE ALSO PERMITTED ON ROUTE SEGMENT SERKA-KALAT AND VICE VERSA
IX) PIRAN A453 GADER AND VICE VERSA.
SFC – UNL, 20 MAR 06:30 2019 UNTIL 21 MAR 10:00 2019 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 20 MAR 06:35 2019

The Notams are changing every day however. Check the latest here.

India & Oman

India and Oman remain congested with a lot of flights re-routing around Pakistan airspace. Both countries have published Notams showing all the restrictions on the various different overflight routes, are advising operators to carry extra fuel, and to expect lower flights levels than requested.

Oman

A0215/19
DUE TO CLOSURE OF PAKISTAN AIRSPACE AND CONSEQUENT ANTICIPATED TFC CONGESTION ON ATS ROUTES L301,N571 AND P574,TFC ENTERING MUSCAT FIR FROM UAE FIR,JEDDAH FIR AND POINT ULDUN AND DESTINED TO THE FLW INDIAN AIRPORTS VOHS VOMM VOBL VOGO VOML VOCL VOCI VOTV VOCB VOKN VOTR AND VOMD SHOULD FLT PLAN VIA ATS ROUTS MENTIONED BELOW :
1-VOHS VIA TOTOX P574
2-VOBL/VOMM/VOGO VIA REXOD N563
3-VOCL/VOCI/VOTV/VOCB/VOKN/VOTR/VOMD VIA M300/P570/N563
4-VOML VIA N563/M300
FLIGHTS UNDER EXTENDED DIVERSION TIME OPS RESTRICTIONS (EDTO) MAY EXP ALTN ATS RTE AT SUB OPTIMAL FLT LEVELS.
19 MAR 05:00 2019 UNTIL 31 MAR 23:59 2019 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 19 MAR 05:14 2019

A0214/19
DUE TO CLOSURE OF PAKISTAN AIRSPACE AND TO ANTICIPATE CONGESTION ON ATS ROUTES IN MUSCAT FIR, THE FOLLOWING MEASURES ARE IMPLEMENTED:
1. 30NM SEPARATION IS APPLIED BETWEEN ALL UAE DEPARTURES TRANSITING MUSCAT FIR TO TEHRAN OR MUMBAI FIRS OR PAKISTAN AIRSPACE.
2. 50NM SEPARATION IS APPLIED TO TFC AT SAME FLIGHT LEVEL ENTERING MUSCAT FIR AT MESPO.
3. ALL TFC TRANSITING MUSCAT FIR MAY EXPECT TACTICAL RE-ROUTING AND/OR ALLOCATION OF NON-ECONOMICAL FLIGHT LEVELS. AIRLINES ARE ADVISED TO CARRY APPROPRIATE CONTINGENCY FUEL. FLOW CONTROL MAY BE ADJUSTED SUBJECT TO SITUATION AND DISCRETION OF MUSCAT ACC WATCH SUPERVISOR.
H24, 19 MAR 05:00 2019 UNTIL 31 MAR 23:59 2019 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 19 MAR 05:13 2019

A0213/19
DUE TO CLOSURE OF PAKISTAN AIRSPACE AND TO ANTICIPATE CONGESTION ON ATS ROUTES IN MUSCAT FIR, THE FOLLOWING MEASURES ARE IMPLEMENTED:
1. ROUTE SEGMENT BETWEEN MUSRU AND KIPOL ON ATS ROUTE N881 IS CLOSED.
2. ROUTE SEGMENT BETWEEN RASKI AND KIPOL ON ATS ROUTE N881 IS UNI-DIRECTIONAL WESTBOUND ONLY.
3. ALL TFC TRANSITING MUSCAT FIR VIA MESPO SHALL EXIT VIA RASKI.
4. RASKI IS NOT AVBL FOR ALL EASTBOUND TFC TRANSITING MUSCAT FIR FROM TONVO LALDO AND GOMTA.
5. PARAR IS NOT AVBL FOR TFC TRANSITING MUSCAT FIR DESTINED TO AIRPORTS WITHIN WSJC, VTBB, WMFC AND WIIF FIRS.
6. DENDA IS NOT AVBL FOR ALL TFC TRANSITING MUSCAT FIR AND DEPARTING FROM NORTHERN UAE AIRPORTS. TFC SHALL FILE VIA A791.
7. FL300 ONLY AVBL FOR TFC ENTERING MUSCAT FIR FROM DENDA AND TAPDO.
8. FL300 IS NOT AVBL FOR ALL TFC ENTERING MUSCAT FIR VIA RASKI AND PARAR.
9. FROM 1700 T0 0300 UTC TRANSITING THROUGH MUSCAT FIR BETWEEN MUMBAI FIR AND PAKISTAN AIRSPACE IS NOT PERMITTED.
10. FROM 1700 T0 0300 UTC TRANSITING THROUGH MUSCAT FIR BETWEEN TEHRAN FIR AND PAKISTAN AIRSPACE IS NOT PERMITTED.
H24, 19 MAR 05:00 2019 UNTIL 31 MAR 23:59 2019 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 19 MAR 05:08 2019

India

A0447/19
REFERENCE NOTAM NUMBER A0308/19 ISSUED BY OPKCYNYX
1. ALL FLT TRANSITING THROUGH MUMBAI FIR INTO MUSCAT AIRSPACE VIA L301/N571 FL300 NOT AVBL.
2. ATS RTE L301 NOT AVBL FOR WB VABB DEP.
3. FOR WB VABB DEP VIA N571 FL220 AND FL240 ONLY AVBL
4. WB VABB DEP CAN FLIGHT PLAN VIA P574.
5. DUE TO HEAVY AIR TFC CONGESTION IN MUMBAI FIR ACFT MAY EXPECT RE-ROUTING AND LOWER LVL AND ARE ADVISED TO CARRY MORE FUEL.
20 MAR 07:06 2019 UNTIL 21 MAR 10:00 2019 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 20 MAR 07:10 2019

Afghanistan

Although the airspace is now open again, it’s only really useful if you’re headed to airport in Afghanistan or Pakistan. Afghanistan is saying that traffic bound for Pakistan cannot use a bunch of waypoints along the border.

G0446/19 – KABUL FIR NOT ACCEPTING OVERFLIGHT TRAFFIC SOUTHEAST BOUND EXITING INTO PAKISTAN AIRSPACE. THE FOLLOWING FIXES ARE CLOSED:
FIRUZ (P500)
LAJAK (L509)
SITAX (M875)
DOBAT (N644)
BIROS (L750)
RIMPA (G202)
ASLUM (P628)
SERKA (V390/N636)
DAVER (TACTICAL TRAFFIC)
GADER (A453)
ALL OTHER AIRCRAFT REQUESTING TO OVERFLY KABUL FIR MUST ENTER AND EXIT VIA THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES ON APPROVED ATC ROUTINGS: IRAN, TURKMENABAT, UZBEKISTAN, TAJIKISTAN. CONTACT KABUL FIR SUPERVISOR +93-79-404-8266 FOR FURTHER CLARIFICATION OR INQUIRES. 
28 FEB 09:00 2019 UNTIL 28 MAY 23:59 2019. 
CREATED: 28 FEB 10:54 2019

Why?
On Feb 26, Pakistan shot down two Indian military jets and captured a pilot in a major escalation between the two countries over disputed Kashmir. This came a day after India launched air strikes on militant bases across the border in Pakistan, which itself was a response to a deadly attack on Feb 14 when a militant killed more than 40 Indian troops in Kashmir. The captured pilot has since been returned to India, but tensions remain heightened between the two countries in wake of airstrikes by each side in areas in the border region.

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