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PTI Exclusive: Pakistan's airspace to remain shut for Indian flights till May 30

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

on Wednesday decided not to lift its airspace ban for Indian flights till May 30, as is awaiting the outcome of the polls in

fully closed its airspace after an strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26. However, opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, and on March 27.

"The top officials of defence and aviation ministries held a meeting on Wednesday to reconsider opening its airspace for Indian flights. They decided that Pakistan's airspace will remain banned for the Indian flights till May 30, a senior government told after the meeting.

He said the has also notified the decision to the airmen. The authority issued a notification (Notam) after the meeting to pilots, advising them of circumstances relating to the state of flying.

The said the government will now consider lifting of the ban on Pakistan's airspace for Indian flights on May 30.

Pakistan's Science and early this week said that the status quo will remain till the conclusion of elections in

"Status quo will remain till the elections are over in I don't see any improvement in relations between Pakistan and India till the elections are over and a new government is installed. The ban on airspace by each other I think will also continue till Indian polls," Chaudhry told

Owing to the flight ban on its airspace by India, Pakistan has suspended its operation for Bangkok, which is causing a loss of millions of rupees per day. (PIA) used to operate four flights to Kuala Lumpur, two to and two to

A senior PIA told that the national flag carrier's loss is running into billions of rupees because of suspension of the flights especially to and

"We are not only facing the huge financial loss but also losing our passengers to other airlines," he said, adding that this matter should now be resolved. "If land and rail routes are operational between Pakistan and India, what's wrong with the air route," the official questioned.

Pakistan lies in the middle of a vital aviation corridor. Flights to India often pass directly over Pakistan.

The airlines and civil aviation authorities of both the countries are enduring massive losses. The flights between to Far-East are not only facing huge financial losses, but the flight duration has also increased, while the airlines have also increased their ticket prices.

Pakistan in mid-April had opened one of its 11 air routes for west-bound flights from India and airlines such as and have started using it. The operating cost for Air India, which flies to destinations in and the US, reportedly has increased significantly as it had to take longer routes due to closure of Pakistan airspace.

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

First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 19:06 IST
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