Major airports in Pakistan, India suspend flight operations

02:15 PM | 27 Feb, 2019
Major airports in Pakistan, India suspend flight operations
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LAHORE: Owing to the escalating tensions between Pakistan and India, flight operations were suspended across major airports in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Wednesday.

According to manager Lahore Airport, flight operations have been suspended at the Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and New Islamabad International Airport.

All incoming and outgoing local and international flights have been suspended until further orders.

According to media reports, a passenger airplane was also stopped from taking off from Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar on the orders of Civil Aviation Authority.

An incoming flight from Guangzhou in China has also been sent back.

The flight operations were revoked after Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian Air Force (IAF) jets inside Pakistani airspace earlier today and arrested an Indian pilot on the ground.

On the Indian side, six airports including Leh, Jammu, Srinagar, Indian Punjab and Pathankot have been told to be high alert amid an escalation across-LoC, when PAF shot down two IAF jets, killing two of its pilots and arresting another on grounds.

All commercial flights in the area have also been put on hold for security reasons.