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Friday, July 12, 2019

Pakistan has turned down India's request to lift the restriction on the use of its airspace with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) subjecting the use of its airspace to the removal of fighter planes from Indian airbases. Indian officials have contacted Pakistan requesting it to lift the airspace restriction. "However, Indian officials have been told that Indian airbases are still laden with fighter jets and Pakistan will not allow resumption of flight operations from India until their removal."

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One of the major air corridors goes through Pakistan airspace. When they colsed it for all planes coming from or leaving India... well, one Indian airline filed for bankruptcy, their national airline is about to go bust and a third is in trouble.

Each flight takes 3 hours extra with tons of more fuel. Many direct routes have ended.

One can see the scale of the "problem" here:

graphics.reuters.com

Pakistan lies in the middle of a vital aviation corridor. In the week before the airspace was closed, almost all the flights analysed passed directly over Pakistan, some coming extremely close to the Kashmir region - the epicentre of tensions with India - including aircraft operated by Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa and Thai Airways, according to flight tracking service FlightRadar24. Routes that run through Pakistan on a north-south axis are not affected.

OPSGROUP, which monitors international flight operations, used International Civil Aviation Organization data to calculate that the closed airspace was affecting as many as 350 flights daily. Most rerouted as far south as Oman's airspace, the group said.

With Iranian airspace also closed (thanks be to DOTARD) the problem for India has compounded.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-12 03:02 AM | Reply

Racism and bigotry, a longstanding and simmering intolerance among neighbors.

None of it is flattering.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-12 03:38 AM | Reply

Racism and bigotry

Ummmm... USA vs Iran.... USA vs Brown People With Oil.... USA vs Mexican Countries.... USA vs Anyone Who Eats Rice....

Yep.

#3 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-12 03:45 AM | Reply

None of it is flattering.

This is a consequence of India trying to attack Pakistan for something they did to themselves.

So in life, there are consequences. This is one of them.

It is not flattering. But it is necessary.

I KNOW that Americans don't get the phrase "actions have consequences" but this is how the world actually works.

#4 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-12 03:49 AM | Reply

Racism and bigotry are human conditions that are global.

For example the Chinese and Japanese hate each other, same for India-Pakistan, Hatfields and McCoys.

It usually involves a long history of grievances. In the end it's just childish immaturity.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-12 03:55 AM | Reply

In the end it's just childish immaturity.

Sure sure....

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#6 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-12 03:59 AM | Reply

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