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Pak closes a corridor of its air space, Air India says won't affect us much

The flights will have to be diverted to other routes due to the closure, an Air India official said

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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An Air India flight

Pakistan has closed a corridor in its airspace, which will result in an additional up to12 minutes of flying time for overseas flights, an official said on Wednesday.

The flights will have to be diverted to other routes due to the closure, the official said.

"One air corridor has been closed (in Pakistani airspace), requiring a maximum of 12 minutes diversion. It will not affect us (much)," said the spokesperson.

operates around 50 flights daily through Pakistani airspace.

These are flights to the US, Europe and the Middle East.

Following the Balakot air strikes, Pakistan had closed its airspace on February 26 and it was fully reopened on July 16.

The Indian government on Monday abolished provisions of of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and allowed it to have its own flag and constitution, among other rights.

First Published: Thu, August 08 2019. 00:20 IST
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