Pakistan opened air space earlier which will give relief to Indian airlines and passengers
India has also opened its air space right after Pakistan opened their own. Pakistan opened air space by lifting the ban on the use of Pakistani Air space for Indian flights which was banned in the aftermath of Balakot Strikes on 26th February. India had also lifted the ban on Pakistani flights. With both the countries lifting the ban, normal air traffic has been restored in South Asia.
“Govt sources: Consequent to Pak issuing NOTAM to lift airspace restrictions, relevant authorities have informed that India has also issued revised NOTAM immediately thereafter. With this, normal air traffic operations have resumed through all Flight Information Regions b/w India&Pak” tweeted ANI on Tuesday morning.
Pakistan opened air space after 140 days
The neighbouring country took 140 days to lift a ban on the use of Air space. However, they opened the air space for former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on May 21 to fly directly through Pakistan to reach Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for SCO meeting.
Flights to Europe and USA was most affected in ban
Ban had affected Indian airlines and passengers heavily. Flights to the USA and Europe were forced to take costly detours as they were not allowed to fly over Pakistan. Travellers faced cancellations, hike in price and delayed arrival to their destination in all these 140 days.
IAir Strike by Indian air forces was taken as a retaliatory action after Pulwama attack. About 40 paramilitary personnel were killed in the deadly attack by Jaish-E-Mohammed on February 18. India took out Jaish camps in Balakot and killed as many 200 (unconfirmed) terrorists in the Balakot. Since then Pakistan has banned the use of Air Space for India.
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