In a partial relief for airlines, Pakistan has opened a route for flights from India transiting through its airspace, a senior official of the Minisry of Civil Aviation said.
“At around 5 p.m. on Thursday, Pakistan opened a route for westbound flights from India,” said the official.
While exact details are awaited, early on Friday morning an Air India flight between Mumbai and Washington DC and another one from Mumbai to London were seen flying over Pakistan on flight tracking website Flightradar24.
The development comes more than a month after Pakistan shut its airspace following Balakot strike for all airlines. The move has resulted in massive losses for airlines, which have been forced to use a much longer route and burn additional fuel — a major component of an airline’s operational costs.