Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Jet landed safely, Eid Mubarak: Pak aviation director to IndiGo

New Delhi: The IndiGo flight operations centre at IGI Airport received a call on Monday-Tuesday midnight, just after the airline’s Dubai-Delhi flight landed here via Pakistan airspace. This was the first flight by an Indian airline after the Telem entry point into India from Pakistan side, near Ahmedabad, was opened on Sunday evening.
The caller was director of Pakistan civil aviation authority (CAA). “Janaab, aap abhi tak jag rahein hain (Sir, you are still awake!), the IndiGo duty officer who received the CAA director’s call told him. ‘I was monitoring the flight. It has landed safely. Aapko zubaan di thi (We had given you a word). Eid Mubarak’, the Pakistan CAA director said to our person,” said a senior IndiGo official.

All the 11 entry points through which aircraft overfly Pakistan airspace into Indian side and vice versa were closed on February 27 – a day after India carried out airstrikes in Balakot -- after which flights between parts of south Asia, including Delhi, and the west are taking a longer route. The first land point was opened on Sunday at Telem, from where aircraft fly in from Pakistan to India. The first aircraft to use this route was Etihad’s Abu Dhabi-Delhi on Sunday at 5.34 pm (India time), four minutes after it was opened.
05/06/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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