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Indian airlines can zoom over Pak sky, save money

DNMUM439406 | 7/17/2019 | Author : Sidhant Sibal & Anas Mallick | WC :275 | International



Indian carriers will now be able to save time and money, with Pakistan opening its airspace on Tuesday, nearly four-and-half months after shutting it down following the Balakot airstrikes.
“Ever since Pakistani airspace was closed, we had to reroute our flights south of Pakistan. Flying time for long haul flights towards the US increased by 90 minutes, fuel usage also increased,” said an Air India spokesperson.
Explaining the relief, he added, “As Pakistan airspace is open now, aircraft utilisation will go up while crew requirement will come down by 25%.” Within a few hours of the lifting of the ban, 533 aircraft, including 51 from India, flew over Pakistan, said official sources.
Islamabad had decided in February after
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