Pakistan on wednesday decided to extend the ban on Indian flights over its airspace until the 30th of May. It seems as though the Pakistani government is waiting for the ongoing Lok Sabha election results.
Pakistan forcefully shutdown its airspace after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on the 26th of February. Pakistan opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur from the 27th of March.
The decision was communicated to Civil Aviation Authority of India, DGCA. The authorities of DGCA later shared the same to pilots, advising them of circumstances relating to the state of flying.
Earlier this week Pakistan’s Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said,”Status quo will remain till the elections are over in India. 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.”
Due to the flight ban Pakistan International Airlines suspended flight operations to Bangkok and New Delhi. The suspension of these flight have put a huge debt on the airline, which is running into billions of rupees.
The airlines and civil aviation authorities are enduring massive losses. The flights between Europe 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.
Source : Various