These airports closed for civilian air traffic
Amid escalating tension with Pakistan, many airports were closed on Wednesday for civilian air traffic.The list of airports shut includes Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Pathankot, Amritsar, Shimla, Kangra, Kullu Manali, Pithoragarh.
In Srinagar, an official of the Airports Authority of India told news agency PTI, “The civilian air traffic has been suspended temporarily in view of the emergency”. While the official did not specify the nature of the emergency, it is believed the step was taken in view of an IAF jet crashing in Budgam district this morning.
Most airlines have tweeted to say they have received instructions to withhold flights to the designated airports.Air Vistara tweeted that flights from Amritsar, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Jammu are on hold due to the airspace restrictions.
#TravelUpdate. Due to airspace restrictions, flights to and from Amritsar, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Jammu are currently on hold. Customers are requested to check flight status before commencing their journey to the airport. (1/2)
— Vistara (@airvistara) February 27, 2019
SpiceJet confirmed that its air operations at Srinagar, Jammu, Adampur and Amritsar had been affected
#Update: Due to airspace restriction, flights to/from Srinagar (SXR), Jammu (IXJ), Adampur (AIP) and Amritsar (ATQ) are affected. Passengers are requested to keep a check on their flight status via https://t.co/NvhsCyQeoc.
— SpiceJet (@flyspicejet) February 27, 2019
Jet Airways said that in “line with the instructions received from Delhi ATC regarding airport closure Jet Airways flight operations to and from Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar and Leh have been suspended until further notice”.
IndiGo Airlines also confirmed that its flights to and from Srinagar, Jammu, Chandigarh, Amritsar, and Dehradun have been temporarily suspended.
#6ETravelAdvisory : Due to airspace closure, flights to and from Srinagar, Jammu, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Dehradun have been temporarily suspended. To opt for cancellations or alternate options click on Plan B https://t.co/ofwzjniT1l
— IndiGo (@IndiGo6E) February 27, 2019
International Airlines Reroute Flights With India-Pakistan Transit
A look at FlightRadar24 shows at least four international flights which have been re-routed because of these developments.