Added on : 2019-07-17 11:11:37
In a huge relief for Indian travellers, flights between Delhi and the west will see travel times drop by up to four hours while Air India’s flights to US will again be nonstop. This follows Pakistan's decision to finally reopen its airspace for overflying after 140 days.
Ever since Pakistan closed its airspace on February 27 after the Indian Air Force’s strike on the Balakot teror camp, Indian flights to the west were forced to take a much longer route. That meant greater travel time (including a fuelling stop for US flights) and a huge spike in expenses for airlines. Just a few days ago, Pakistan had said it would reopen its airspace only after India removed its fighter aircraft from forward bases, which seemed to indicate a prolonged delay.