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India lifts airspace restrictions, 11 points opened for Pakistan

The difficult times faced by the international aviation industry during the last three months for having to fly through a circuitous route bypassing Pakistan while flying between India and Gulf countries is about to get over soon with New Delhi deciding to relax the bans in its airspace along Pakistan.

If Pakistan reciprocates to India’s move, days of extended flying would end soon

India has announced as many as eleven entry and exit points for Pakistan on May 31 nearly three months before restrictions came into force. If Pakistan also reciprocates, the days of extended flying increasing the fuel costs of the aviation industry while flying from New Delhi to Gulf countries and Europe will be over according to sources in the civil aviation ministry

India opens 11 entry, exit points for Pakistan

India has removed restrictions on its airspace along the Pakistan border. Airports Authority of India Sources said 11 entry and exit points for Pakistan were opened on May 31st. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) was informed about the development.

“However, flights will be able to use the airspace only when Pakistan also opens the airspace from its side. India has informed ICAO and now they will hold consultations with Pakistan. The day Pakistan decides to remove restrictions, flight operations will resume,” the sources said.

Pakistan closed airspace reacting to Balakot air strike

The closure of Pakistan’s airspace for nearly three months has hit travellers and airlines from Afghanistan and Central Asia the hardest. Pakistan shut its airspace to commercial flights originating in India or transiting through Indian airspace soon after Indian jets targeted a Jaish-e-Mohammed facility at Balakot on February 26.

India’s airstrike, answer to Pulwama bombing of CRPF bus

The air strike was carried out in retaliation to the suicide bombing of a CRPF bus by JeM at Pulwama in Kashmir that killed 40 troopers.

Pak extends ban till June 15

Pakistan has extended the ban till June 15 a few days ago. In the case of Central Asian airlines, the duration of flights from the region to New Delhi has increased by up to four hours as airlines have to fly via destinations such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Kazakhstan’s Air Astana, which had four flights a week to New Delhi, has suspended its operations to India till May 31. 

Uzbekistan Airways has maintained its flights to Amritsar, Delhi and Mumbai while Turkmenistan Airways has suspended flights to Amritsar according to information available in the travel industry..

The closure of Pakistani airspace has led to a sharp increase in fares for passenger flights, and made imports and exports costlier as cargo planes too have to make lengthy detours.

 

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