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Pakistan denies airspace to Go First’s Srinagar-Sharjah flight

Pakistan has denied use of its airspace to personal airline Go First’s Srinagar-Sharjah flight, news company PTI reported. Based on authorities officers, Pakistan’s refusal on Tuesday compelled the flight to take an extended route and fly over Gujarat to achieve its vacation spot within the UAE, including round 40 minutes to the flight time.

Until October 31, the flight was going via Pakistan airspace.

The Pakistan authorities is but to specify a motive for refusing permission to the flight.

Go First, previously generally known as GoAir, is the primary airline to begin direct worldwide connection from the Kashmir Valley, and has now additionally change into the primary airline to begin the worldwide cargo providers from the sector. It operates 4 flights every week between Srinagar and Sharjah.

Reacting to the event, former J&Okay chief minister and Nationwide Convention chief Omar Abdullah termed Pakistan’s motion as “very unlucky”.

“Very unlucky. Pakistan did the identical factor with the Air India The Press Reporter flight from Srinagar to Dubai in 2009-2010. I had hoped that @GoFirstairways being permitted to overfly Pak airspace was indicative of a thaw in relations however alas that wasn’t to be,” he tweeted.

PDP chief and former J&Okay chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, in the meantime, blamed the Central authorities for the incident and tweeted, “Puzzling that GOI didn’t even hassle securing permission from Pakistan to make use of its airspace for worldwide flights from Srinagar. Solely PR extravaganza with none groundwork.”

Final month, Union House Minister Amit Shah flagged off the inaugural Srinagar-Sharjah flight from the Sheikh Ul-Alam worldwide airport, reviving the direct airlink between the valley and the UAE after 11 years. Inaugurating the airline service, Shah stated it could “enhance tourism and produce extra funding within the Union Territory.”

In the meantime, there was no speedy assertion or remark from Go First on the matter.

The direct flights from Sharjah supply seamless connections to Srinagar and past to Chandigarh, Delhi, Jammu, Leh and Mumbai and vice versa.

Go First is the one airline appointed for the cargo motion of the horticultural, perishable and agricultural produce of the Jammu and Kashmir Horticulture Merchandise, a state-owned firm, the airline has stated.

The primary worldwide flight from the Srinagar airport to Dubai was began on February 14, 2009 by Air India The Press Reporter, however the once-a-week service was discontinued resulting from a low demand.

(With PTI inputs)

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