The India-Pakistan feud has heated up again, with Pakistan closing its airspace as a result.
I know many international routes fly over Pakistan, and that the closure would cause issues, but this report surprised me:
Thousands of people were also stranded by affected airlines that not only land in Pakistan, but fly over its airspace -- one of the major routes from Southeast Asia into Europe.
Thai Airways announced that all its European routes "departing near midnight of 27 FEB through early 28 FEB" were canceled "due to sudden closure of Pakistani airspace as a result of tension between India and Pakistan."
Why would the airspace closure force flights over it to cancel entirely? I would think you would just reroute them around it.