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Pak airspace closure may push IndiGo to take Doha stop for debut Delhi-Istanbul flight

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

As airspace continues to remain closed since February 27 in the wake of the IAF air strike in Balakot, IndiGo's Delhi-plane may have to take a stop at on its inaugural flight on March 20.

"The flights on Delhi-Istanbul-route will be through in if does not open its airspace by March 20," said a official.

On January 25, IndiGo, India's largest carrier in terms of domestic market share, announced it would operate daily non-stop planes between and from March 20, with A321 aircraft.

IndiGo would be the first Indian to fly to Turkey, and would be the 16th international destination for the

As keeps its airspace closed since the strikes on a terrorist camp in Balakot, on February 26, the operating cost for Air India, which flies to destinations in and the US, have increased significantly as it has to take longer routes.

on Thursday announced it would combine the Mumbai-flight with its Mumbai-flight from March 16 to May 31.

On Wednesday, it had announced it is suspending its flights on the Delhi-and Delhi-routes from March 16 "till further notice" due to "operational reasons".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 21:45 IST