Airport shutdown in North India lifted

  • India had shut down nine airports on Wednesday morning to civilian air traffic
  • Air India was also given strict instruction to avoid Pakistan air space with immediate effect, for all its international flights

New Delhi: As tension escalates between with Pakistan, India has reversed the shutdown hours after airports and airspace north of New Delhi were placed under it.

India had shut down nine airports on Wednesday morning — Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Pathankot, Amritsar, Shimla, Kangra, Kullu Manali and Pithoragarh — to civilian air traffic amid escalating tension after Pakistani jets violated Indian airspace and bombed the Poonch and Rajouri sectors along the Line of Control (LoC).

In Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar, the Airports Authority of India said, “Civilian air traffic has been suspended temporarily in view of the emergency."

At the same time, Air India was issued instructions to avoid Pakistan airspace with immediate effect for all its international flights.