Temporary airspace restrictions lifted by IAF


The Indian Air Force (IAF) said that all the temporary restrictions imposed on all air routes in the country’s air space have been lifted and the moves comes immediately after Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his second term in office.

The IAF on Friday tweeted saying the temporary restrictions on all air routes in the Indian airspace imposed by IAF on Feb 27 have been removed. The IAF said that it had removed restrictions that were imposed on all routes a day after its 12 mirage 2000s crossed over to Pakistan and attacked a JeM terrorist training camp in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The strikes imposed by IAF were in response to the terror attack in Pulwama that took place in February 14 in which more than 40 CRPF jawans have lost their lives.

On Wednesday, Pakistan extended the ban on India using its airspace for commercial flights till June 14 and since then, foreign carriers have been forced to take costly detours by using Indian airspace because they cannot fly over Pakistan. The closure mainly affects flights from Europe to Southeast Asia.

Pakistan lies in the middle of a vital aviation corridor whereby the airspace restrictions which have been continuing since a long time impacts hundreds of commercial flights each day extending flight timings for passengers as well as fuel costs for airlines.

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