The Dubai International Airport.
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DUBAI – The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has announced that it has suspended all passenger flights to Pakistan until further notice.
The Civil Aviation Authority said that Pakistani airspace will continue to remain closed for commercial aviation until midnight on Thursday (February 28).
Hundreds of expatriates were stranded at UAE airports on Wednesday as Pakistan’s airspace remained closed due to tensions between India and Pakistan.
The Asian neighbours faced their worst tension in years over Kashmir, with Pakistan saying they shot down two Indian warplanes and captured two pilots.
Indian officials called the airstrike a counter-terrorism operation and said another attack against India was imminent. Pakistan shut down its civilian airspace in response.
In a statement on Wednesday (February 27), the GCAA said it will continue to monitor the situation in Pakistan and take appropriate decisions to ensure the safety of passengers.
At Sharjah airport, Pakistani expatriates reported waiting for at least two hours before being told that their flight had been cancelled.
The Abu Dhabi Airport also announced a suspension of flights to Pakistan until further notice and advised passengers to contact their airlines for flight updates.
In Dubai, Emirates airline said it had cancelled “a number of airlines to and from Pakistan and Afghanistan on 27 and 28 February”. GAD/Expat Media
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