India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced that flight operations at all nine airports across North India have resumed.
Airports in the region were closed for civilian traffic amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan.
The airports at Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Pathankot, Kangra, Kullu Manali, Amritsar, Shimla, and Pithoragarh were closed on the morning of 27 February, but flight operations have now resumed.
The airport closures have led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights, while some flights to Jammu, Leh and Srinagar airports were diverted to their origin stations.
Several airlines, including Vistara, Jet Airways, GoAir, and IndiGo issued statements about the cancelling of operations.
Vistara said in a tweet: “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.”
Jet Airways tweeted: “As per instructions from Delhi ATC regarding airport closure, flight operations to/from Amritsar, Srinagar, Jammu & Leh have been suspended until further notice. We request our guests check their flight status before proceeding to the airport.”
IndiGo and GoAir also announced that flights to and from Srinagar, Jammu, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Dehradun have been suspended temporarily.
With immediate effect, Air India has started avoiding Pakistan airspace for flights to Gulf countries, Europe and the US.
In order to boost passenger security, the DGCA recently issued rules for an e-boarding process called ‘digi yatra’.