PM Modi’s Flight to US To Avoid Afghanistan, Pakistan Allows to Use Its Airspace

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In order to avoid flying over Afghanistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s non-stop flight to the US on Wednesday will fly over Pakistan’s airspace. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embarked on a three-day visit to the United States on Wednesday where he will address the UN General Assembly and attend the Quad Summit as well as hold a bilateral meet with US President Joe Biden at the White House.

PM Modi is accompanied by a high-level delegation including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, and top government officials.

According to government sources, India had sought permission from Pakistan regarding the usage of Pakistan’s airspace for Prime Minister Modi’s flight to the US, for which an approval was given by Islamabad.

The aircraft carrying PM Modi and the Indian high-level delegation took off from the Indian Air Force (IAF) Technical Airbase in Delhi on Wednesday morning.

First time Air India One (AI1) the call sign of India’s VVIP Boeing aircraft has been deployed for US long haul direct flight. The new Boeing B-777 aircraft Extra Range (ER300) aircraft, which was recently modified for VVIP guests of India is also equipped with advanced defence systems.

The B-777 will take 15 hours of non-stop flight directly to the US. As it is avoiding Afghanistan’s airspace, the flight will fly extra hours for the US trip.

The VVIP plane will avoid Afghanistan airspace, the country had closed its airspace for any commercial use. The new regime in Afghanistan announced the closure of its airspace on August 16 just after the Taliban took full control of the nation.

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Due to the precarious security situation in Afghanistan, the Indian government has advised its carriers to avoid airspace over the country.

Meanwhile, India had permitted the usage of airspace for Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s plane to visit Sri Lanka this year.

(With ANI Inputs)

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