Islamabad: Pakistan International Airlines, the national carrier of Pakistan has cancelled flights to Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir due to “air space restrictions” in the wake of the Uri terror attack.
PIA said on Wednesday that it has called off all flights to Gilgit and Skardu in Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
“As per directives of CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), the air space over Northern areas will remain closed on Wednesday. Inconvenience is regretted,” PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani said on Twitter. He did not give any reason for the closure of air space but officials said that Pakistani warplanes might be in the air to keep vigil due to Indo-Pak tensions after the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri.
Eighteen soldiers were killed and over a dozen others injured as heavily armed terrorists stormed an army base in North Kashmir’s Uri town early on Sunday.
Four terrorists involved in the attack were killed by the Army.