It has been months since India did air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot region. The decision of doing an air strike was taken post the deadliest Pulwama terror attacks which blew up a bus full of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnels.
This caused a war like situation which affected the bilateral ties between the two countries. While, India stopped the trade deals with Pakistan, Pakistan also closed its airspace for the Indian aircrafts. Now, in the latest move Pakistan has decided to allow the Indian passenger aircrafts to go through its airspace.
As per reports, the Indian government had a talk with Pakistan on this matter to which Pakistan has reacted by saying;
“The Indian government approached asking us to open the airspace. We conveyed our concerns that first India must withdraw its fighter planes placed forward,”
Mr. Nusrat, who is also the Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), on July 11 informed the Senate Standing Committee on Aviation that his department has intimated Indian officials that Pakistan airspace would remain unavailable for use by India until the country withdraws its fighter jets from forward positions.
The move is expected to give relief to Air India, which had to re-route its international flights due to the closure of Pakistani airspace.
"Pakistan has permitted all airlines to fly through its airspace from around 12:41 am today. Indian airline operators will start using normal routes through Pakistan airspace soon," officials said.
Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) at around 12:41 am, stating that "with immediate effect Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civil traffic on published ATS (air traffic service) routes".
After the air strike, Air India had to re-route, merge or suspend many of its international flights that connect India with European and US cities.
The national carrier has lost Rs. 491 crore till July 2 due to the closure of the Pakistani airspace. Private airlines SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir lost Rs. 30.73 crore, Rs. 25.1 crore and Rs. 2.1 crore, respectively.