Service at 9 Indian airports resumed, Pak closes airspace  for commercial flights

PTI
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Services at nine Indian airports, including Srinagar, Jammu and Leh, in north India were temporarily suspended in view of hightened tensions between India and Pakistan. 

New Delhi: Services at nine Indian airports, including Srinagar, Jammu and Leh, in north India were temporarily suspended in view of hightened tensions between India and Pakistan. 
 
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) later in the day said the services at these nine airports have resumed "as of now".
  
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said his ministry was "strictly" following the "guidelines and instructions" of the Indian Air Force.
  
"We are strictly following all guidelines of the Air Force, and we will continue to do that," Sinha said on the sidelines of an event here. 
 
Asked how many flights have been impacted, Sinha said, "I don't have the number. But, as I said, we are following the instructions of the air force."
  
Earlier on Wednesday, the DGCA issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM), saying flight operations at the airports in Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Pathankot, Amritsar, Shimla, Kangra, Kullu Manali and Pithoragarh will remain shut from February 27 to May 27.  

Pak closes airspace for commercial flights

Pakistan also closed its airspace for commercial flights and suspended flight operations across major airports, including in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, for an indefinite period.

Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority made the announcement after the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations, the military's media arm, acknowledged the closure of Pakistan's airspace due to the prevailing security situation. 

The airport will be used for "military purposes" till it is reopened for commercial activities, an official told DawnNewsTV, adding that a red alert has also been issued. 

"All civilian flight operations have been suspended," the official said.
 
Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Mujtaba Baig said the flight operations in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces have been suspended for an indefinite period. 

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