8 airports in north India shut down; international flights by Air India and few other foreign airlines reportedly re-routing in order to avoid Pakistani airspace
New Delhi: Amid escalating tension between India and Pakistan, airports in Srinagar, Amritsar, Pathankot, Jammu, Leh, Shimla, Kangra and Kullu have been shut down, according to the Airports Authority of India (AAI). Many of these airports are also jointly operated by Indian Air Force (IAF) due to its close proximity with Pakistan.
In retaliation to India’s decision, Pakistan has also immediately stopped its domestic and international flight operations from Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Islamabad airports.
The restrictions were imposed after the IAF had asked for the same. Air Vistara tweeted that flights from Amritsar, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Jammu are on hold due to the airspace restrictions. Besides, SpiceJet and Jet Airways have also issued statements regarding the cancelled fights.
“As per instructions from Delhi ATC regarding airport closure, flight operations to/from Amritsar, Srinagar, Jammu & Leh have been suspended until further notice. We request our guests check their flight status before proceeding to the airport,” Jet Airways tweeted.
Meanwhile, international flights from Air India and few other foreign airlines are reportedly re-routing in order to avoid Pakistani airspace. The flights are instead using Delhi-Mumbai- Muscat route to fly onwards rather than flying over Pakistan.
The international flights that transit between India and Pakistan airspace have been affected due to the cross border tensions between the two countries, sources say.
“International flights that transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace now being affected. Some flights returning to origin, while others appear to be seeking alternate routing," sources told.