Pakistan Shuts Air Routes For Indian Flights:
On the ongoing row between India and Pakistan over the revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution ending special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad has shut down three out of nine air routes for Indian carriers.
This is the second move this year this would affect national carrier Air India’s flights going to Europe, the US, and the Middle East among others. Flying time of around 50 flights will increase by about 10-15 minutes.
The major route which we use for our long haul flights are still open and hence the impact is low right now but we have got initial inputs that the remaining air routes will be shut. “The impact will be huge as flying time for our ultra long haul flights using Pakistani airspace would increase by 2-3 hours,” a senior Air India official said to media.
On Wednesday, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with India and also suspended trade. It has also told India to withdraw its High Commissioner to Pakistan.
The relations between India and Pakistan has touched low since Monday with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan threatening that events like Balkot will take place and even a conventional war over the issue of Kashmir.