The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has announced the temporary closure of two runways at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport. The decision was made in response to the discovery of cracks on these runways, which have raised concerns about flight operations.
The CAA is responsible for regulating air travel in Pakistan and has identified that runway numbers 25-L and 7-R at the Karachi airport are in need of immediate repair due to the development of these cracks. In order to address this issue promptly, the CAA has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), outlining the repair schedule. According to the notice, both runways will be closed daily for the next five months.
This closure is part of a larger effort to carry out comprehensive crack repair work, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the long-term safety and reliability of the airport’s infrastructure. To mitigate the potential disruptions to air travel, the CAA has been working closely with airlines to keep them updated about the upcoming closure.
Despite the closure of these two runways, the CAA has assured that flights will continue to operate using alternative runways. This measure is expected to ensure that passenger and cargo services remain relatively uninterrupted during the repair period. The CAA’s proactive approach aligns with international aviation standards, which underscore the importance of regular maintenance and safety checks.