Pakistan disallows flights taking off from Srinagar for Sharjah from flying over its airspace

Omar Abdullah criticizes move, says decision ‘very unfortunate’

Srinagar, Nov 03 : In a surprising move, the Pakistan has disallowed flights, taking off from Srinagar international airport for Sharjah, from flying its airspace, sources said on Wednesday.

Sources told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that the authorities in Pakistan have disallowed the flights taking off from Srinagar for Sharjah from flying its territory.

They said that the flight will now be an hour and a half longer as planes will have to fly to Sharjah via Udaipur and Ahmedabad and overfly Oman.

“The flight will also be more expensive, an additional burden for passengers, most of whom are Kashmiris. The ministry of external affairs and the civil aviation ministry have been informed about Pakistan’s decision,” they said.

Meanwhile, former chief minister and vice-president National Conference, Omar Abdullah said that the decision by the authorities in Pakistan was very unfortunate and said that they had done the same in 2009-10.

“Very unfortunate. Pakistan did the same thing with the Air India Express flight from Srinagar to Dubai in 2009-2010. I had hoped that @GoFirstairways being permitted to overfly Pak airspace was indicative of a thaw in relations but alas that wasn’t to be,” he Tweeted. (KNS)

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