Flights to all Pakistani airports from Dubai and Abu Dhabi were cancelled on Wednesday, leaving scores of passengers stranded at terminals. Some flights to India have been affected as well, including those operated by Spicejet, Indigo and Airblue.
UAE-based carrier flydubai cancelled Wednesday’s and Thursday’s flights to a number of destinations, including Faisalabad, Multan, Sialkot and Karachi in Pakistan. Emirates also cancelled trips to and from Pakistan, including destinations like Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.
At Sharjah airport, Air Arabia flights to Lahore and Karachi were cancelled, as well as at least one Airblue flight to Islamabad, according to Skyscanner’s flight tracker.
“Due to the closure of Pakistani and Afghanistan air space, a number of Emirates flights to/from Pakistan and Afghanistan on 27 and 28 February have been cancelled. The latest flight schedules can be found on emirates.com. Affected passengers are requested to contact their booking agent or Emirates reservations to rebook their flights or make alternative travel arrangements,” the airline said in a statement to Gulf News.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience caused to our customers. The safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance and will not be compromised.”
“Dubai Airports confirms flights to and from Pakistan have been impacted until further notice due to the closure of Pakistani airspace,” a Dubai Airports spokesperson said.