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India asks Pakistan to grant airspace access to a Srinagar-Sharjah flight
India asks Pakistan to grant airspace access to a Srinagar-Sharjah flight

Sri Nagar: In the interests of those who purchased tickets, India has asked Pakistan to restore the permission granted earlier to the Srinagar-Sharjah flight to use its airspace. GoFirst was granted overflight permission by Pakistani authorities to operate its Srinagar-Sharjah flight on October 23, 24, 26, and 28. The permission was, however, put on hold from October 31 to November 30, 2021.

Pakistan has refused to allow the international flight, which was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on October 23, to use its airspace.

Up until October 30, Srinagar-Sharjah flights were allowed to fly over Pakistani airspace, but after that, the flight had to turn west over the Arabian Sea, adding over an hour to the flight time. Go First said it would keep providing the service, but warned that the increased time and distance would raise fuel costs and, as a result, ticket prices.

Omar Abdullah, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, expressed disappointment over the issue, recalling a similar initiative in 2009, when a once-weekly flight was launched between Srinagar and Dubai but was cancelled after only a few months.

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