Saturday, September 07, 2019

Pakistan denies use of its airspace to President Kovind for Europe visit

New Delhi: Pakistan has denied permission to President Ram Nath Kovind's Air India One plane to use its airspace next week for his flight to Iceland.
The Boeing 747 will now take the longer route when the President leaves on Monday (September 9) for Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia.
Similarly, on return from his three-nation tour on September 17, the VVIP flight will again have to take the longer path back home.
According to the Pakistani media, the country’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday told state broadcaster PTV that the decision “was approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan.”
“Schedule flights’ flight plan is cleared in advance by all countries they fly over. For special flights and charters (which are not schedule flights), permission is sought via diplomatic channels from various countries on the flight path. For the President’s Europe trip, Pakistan did not give clearance to use its airspace,” said sources.
07/09/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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