Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Will handle Pakistan's airspace closure, says Air India chairman

Mumbai: Air India Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Ashwani Lohani has expressed confidence that the national carrier will be able to meet all eventualities in case Pakistan decides to go ahead with the air space closure yet again.

"We would handle it [the situation] like last time," the Air India CMD told Indian Today TV.

Lohani, however, refused to comment on whether the "handling of situation" would be enabled by government's help in the form of some financial aid.

The latest threat by the hostile neighbour has once again made the issue of airspace closure a hot topic of discussion and concern.

Not only does the move impact Indian airlines, especially the national carrier Air India, but also turns out to be a big revenue loss for Pakistan, as has been seen in the past. But the neighbouring government is nevertheless contemplating going ahead with the move.

What has set aviation circles abuzz is a tweet by the Pakistan's Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry.

"PM is considering a complete closure of air space to Indiaa complete ban on use of land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in cabinet meeting, legal formalities of these decisions are under consideration," the minister said in a tweet.
28/08/19 India Today
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