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Pakistani passengers gather outside the Jinnah International Airport as they wait for flight operations to resume in Karachi on March 1.  Thousands of passengers were left stranded worldwide when Islamabad shut down air travel as tensions with neighboring India soared. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

KARACHI — Pakistan has reopened its airspace for all commercial traffic following months of restrictions imposed after a standoff with India over the disputed Kashmir region earlier this year.

The Civil Aviation Authority says the airspace is fully open as of July 16 for all flights — including those by Air India and other Indian service providers.

Pakistan closed its airspace in February after saying it shot down two Indian warplanes and captured a pilot, escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals following a bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops.

That attack was blamed on the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad militant group, now banned in Pakistan.

The closures snarled air traffic. The pilot was later handed back to India.

Pakistan in March partially reopened its airspace but kept India banned from using it.

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