Pakistan partially closes airspace hours after downgrading ties, suspending trade

Pakistan partially closes airspace hours after downgrading ties, suspending trade
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Pakistan has closed a corridor in its airspace, three out of 11 routes between India and Pakistan have been closed.

Air India issued a statement saying it won’t affect them. Aviation security agency Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has also asked all airports to step up security in the wake of the recent developments related to Jammu and Kashmir, saying that “civil aviation has emerged as a soft target for terrorist attacks”.

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

Air India 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 Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Article 370 granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and allowed it to have its own flag and constitution, among other rights.

(With Agency Inputs)

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