Karachi: Tensions in both countries are at peak after the Indian government took a decision on Jammu and Kashmir. All types of relations with India have declined from Pakistan. There is also a lot of rhetoric from across the border. Pakistan had shut down its airspace after the Pulwama attack. Pakistan can now again shut it down for Indian aircraft. Pakistan closed its airspace to India for 138 days after the Balakot Airstrike. This bandh will affect 400 aircraft in India.
If Pakistan again closes its airspace for India, the air distance for Indian aircraft will increase, causing loss of both time and fuel. With the closure of airspace, Indian aircraft will have to take the Mumbai-Arabian Sea-Muscat-Gulf or some other route. Due to long routes, the aircraft will also have to increase the stoppages for refueling.
Last time, the distance between London and Singapore was increased by 451 km for the airlines flying on the Oman route of Indian Airlines. Many times, airlines also stop flights on some routes in such a situation. The conditions will be the same this time when the airspace is closed. However, this closure will cause considerable economic loss to Pakistan. Pakistan had suffered a loss of 360 crores from this ban. While Air India suffered a loss of 560 crores from this closure.
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