All Indian airports near Pakistan border have been put on high alert after the Pakistani aircraft F-16 reportedly crossed the Indian airspace in Jammu Kashmir’s Rajouri district, a day after IAF pre-dawn air strike in Pakistan, destroying Jaish-e-Mohammed camps and control rooms.
IAF officials have reported that Pakistani aircraft F-16 has been shot down when three of its jets crossed the Indian airspace in Nowshera sector at around 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Feb 27) morning.
Airports in Leh, Jammu, Srinagar, Pathankot and Amritsar have been put on high alert for security reasons. It has also been reported that an Indian Air Force chopper M-17 crashed in J&K’s Budgam, today morning, claiming the lives of two pilots.
“The civilian air traffic has been suspended temporarily in view of the emergency” an official of the Airport Authority of India told news agency PTI.
Meanwhile, the order to shut down eight airports over the northern states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh has been withdrawn. Flight operations have already resumed from some airports, including Jammu.
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The order for shut down was issued a short while ago amid an escalation of hostilities with Pakistan. Sources had said the entire airspace north of Delhi has to be vacated. The list of airports included Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar and Leh, Kullu-Manali, Kangra, Shimla and Pathankot.
It has been reported that Pakistanis have banned any Indian aircraft from using their airspace and has started returning Indian flights that were flying over their airspace.
International flights that transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace now being affected. Some flights returning to origin, while others appear to be seeking alternate routing. https://t.co/sXbkX0qrGI pic.twitter.com/tojnJCii4w— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) February 27, 2019
#TravelUpdate. Due to airspace restrictions, flights to and from Amritsar, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Jammu are currently on hold. Customers are requested to check flight status before commencing their journey to the airport. (1/2)— Vistara (@airvistara) February 27, 2019
Jet Airways said that in “line with the instructions received from Delhi ATC regarding airport closure Jet Airways flight operations to and from Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar and Leh have been suspended until further notice”.