Jammu airport shut for civilian flights

IAF Fighter Jet Crashes in Jammu And Kashmir's Budgam Pilot Co Pilot And 1 Civilian Dead

The civilian air traffic was halted shortly after an IAF jet crashed in Kashmir's Budgam district, officials said. Pakistani F-16 jets entered Indian airspace in retaliation for Indian Air Force jets bombing a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday.

All global flights exiting Indian airspace north of Mumbai have been re-routed through West Asia.

With airlines avoiding Pakistani airspace, planes have been forced to make detours, leading to an increase in flying time ranging from one to three hours and having to stop for refuelling and crew changes.

Pakistani airports will be used for "military purposes", an official told Dawn News TV, adding that a red alert has also been issued.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation said it was following the guidelines issued by the Indian Air Force.




Only two flights had operated from Jammu and Srinagar Airports this morning before closure of the air space while all other flights throughout the day remained suspended in view of the emergency situation even as operations to all the nine airports were resumed in the late afternoon.

Flight operations at Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Islamabad airports were suspended after the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace earlier today and arrested an Indian pilot on ground. "We will strive to respond to all such requests within 4 hours, between the hours of 7am and 11pm", the airline added.

Several airlines suspended flights to Pakistan on Wednesday after it closed its air space following tensions with India, Reuters reported.

Passengers were informed pertaining the airspace closure that will also be effective on flights arriving from Saudi Arabia besides airlines operating in United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East region, sources said.

Dubai's Emirates confirmed that flights to Pakistan on Thursday also would be cancelled. Online portal Flightradar24 said worldwide airlines that usually transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace were forced to reroute, including flights by Singapore Airlines, Finnair, British Airways, Aeroflot, and Air India.

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