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EU regulator warns airlines not to fly low in Pakistan airspace due to terror threat

The EU regulator European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) No. 2015-02 warning all national aviation authorities and aircraft operators of “an increased risk to flight operation safety due to potential terrorist attacks in Pakistan”

The bulletin goes on to state “The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recommends all operators to exercise extreme caution if planning to fly into, out of, within or above Pakistan airspace and to monitor all relevant information, including NOTAMs [notice to airmen]. National Aviation Authorities should ensure that operators under their oversight are aware of such information.”

The warning has been prompted by the French DGAC which has mandated all French operators not to fly below an altitude of 24,000ft when in Pakistani airspace.

Many of India’s and South East Asia’s airlines flying to and from Europe routinely overfly Pakistan on their flights.

The complete EASA SIB 2015-02 can be accessed here.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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