8 Airports Including J&K And Punjab Closed As Tension Increases Between India And Pakistan

| February 27 , 2019 , 14:17 IST

Several airports including Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Amritsar, Pathankot, Gaggal, Dehradun and Chandigarh were closed for civilian operation on Wednesday as the airports' facilities are currently being used by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

No commercial operation will take place in these airports. Several flights to and from these airports have either been diverted or put on hold.

The move to close the eight airports came amid escalation of tension between India and Pakistan after IAF carried out strikes on terror bases in Pakistan.

Not just civilian air traffic, International flights that transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace have also been affected. While some international flights have returned to origin, others are seeking alternate routes.

In Srinagar, an official of the Airports Authority of India told PTI, "The civilian air traffic has been suspended temporarily in view of the emergency".

The flare-up in the cross-LoC shelling, which was initiated by Pakistani troops in early hours of Wednesday has also resulted in security forces and other establishments being put on a heightened alert.

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Pakistani fighter jets violated Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Nowshera sectors but were pushed back by Indian jets on air patrol. The Pakistani jets dropped bombs while returning, officials said.

While the official did not specify the nature of the emergency, it is believed the step was taken in view of the IAF aircraft crashing in Budgam.