Pakistan has allowed all airlines to fly through its airspace today at 12:41 pm. (Reuters)
Pakistan opened its airspace for all civilian traffic on Tuesday morning and lifted the ban on flights to India that have lost most of its airspace since the Balakot air strikes in February allowed.
] The move is expected to be remedied by Air India, which had to divert its international flights due to the closure of Pakistani airspace.
"Pakistan has allowed all airlines to fly through its airspace at around 00:41 today. Indian carriers will soon be using normal routes through Pakistani airspace."
The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority issued a notice at 00:41
Pakistan had closed its airspace completely on 26 February after the Indian Air Force (IAF) had met a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Bal In retaliation for the onslaught of Pulwama on February 14.
Since then, the neighboring country had only two of the eleven routes through the southern region
Following the lifting of NOTAMS by Pakistan and India early in the morning today, there is no entry Restrictions on the airspace of both countries, flights have begun to use the closed routes, which brings a considerable relief for the airlines. @AAI_Official @airindiain @HardeepSPuri
– Ministry of Civil Aviation (@MoCA_GoI) July 16, 2019
The IAF had announced on May 31 that imposed all temporary restrictions Indian airspace was removed after the Balakot strike. However, most commercial airlines did not benefit and waited for Pakistan to fully open its airspace.
After the air raid, Air India had to divert, merge or expose many of its international flights connecting India with Europe and US cities.
The national airline lost Rs 491 crore until July 2 due to the closure of Pakistani airspace. The private airlines SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir have lost Rs.30.73 billion, Rs.25.1 billion and Rs.2.1 billion, respectively, said Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation, on July 3rd in Rajya Sabha announced.
IndiGo, India's largest carrier of domestic market share, was unable to launch direct flights from Delhi to Istanbul due to the closure of Pakistani airspace.
The low-cost airline launched the Delhi-Istanbul flight in March. So far, this IndiGo flight had to cover the longer stretch across the Arabian Sea and stop at Doha in Qatar to refuel.
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