Friday, May 31, 2019

India removes restriction on air space usage

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday said in a tweet that it has removed all the temporary restrictions on all air routes in the Indian air space. The Indian Air Force had put temporary airspace restrictions on Indian air space on February 27.

The tweet is expected to set the ball rolling for Pakistan to remove similar restrictions that it has placed on use of its air space. The IAF put the air space restrictions a day after its fighter bombed Balakot in Pakistan territory.

The restrictions are being removed less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his second term.

Incidentally, Pakistan had extended the restriction on Indian aircraft over flying its territory till June 15 earlier this week.

Explaining the process of removing the ban on the air space, sources said that on February 27 India did not allow any aircraft flying over Pakistan airspace to use any of the 11 to 12 entry and exit points into India which had been established and were open before that date.

Pakistan followed suit and it also banned all aircraft flying from India into its airspace to continue their onward journeys.
31/05/19 Business Line
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