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IAF strike aftermath Updates: Restrictions from at least 8 airports lifted

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New Delhi, Feb 27: Restrictions from eight airports have been lifted after the tension in the international airspace reduced on Wednesday. One Delhi-bound flight already took off from Jammu airport.

Both India and Pakistan had suspended domestic and international flight operations in due to the tension in the international airspace.

Airports in Leh, Jammu, Srinagar and Pathankot were on high alert due to security reason on Wednesday. Many commercial flights were put on hold, according to news agency ANI.

Airports in Leh, Jammu, Srinagar and Pathankot on high alert (Representative image)

AP Acharya, Amritsar Airport Director, said, "Due to operational reasons the airspace at Amritsar has been closed for now. No commercial flights are coming to Amritsar, there is no base here, so flights are not even taking off from here."

India shoots down Pakistani F-16

Vistara Airline, Indigo, GoAir and Air Aindia had cancelled flight following the alert issued by the government.

"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."

Earlier, Pakistan Air Force jets violated Indian airspace in Rajouri sector, dropped bombs near Indian Army post. No reports of casualties yet.

Pakistan claimed "strikes across Line of Control from within Pak airspace", saying "purpose to demonstrate right to self-defence".

UPDATES ON FLIGHT OPERATIONS:

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3:10 PM, 27 Feb
NOTAM (Notice to Airmen to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route) has been withdrawn. Flight operations will resume now.
3:05 PM, 27 Feb
Reports say that flight going to the Gulf would fly over the Arabian sea and avoid Pakistani airspace.
3:04 PM, 27 Feb
Restrictions from at least 8 airports lifted. One Delhi-bound flight already took off from Jammu airport.
2:54 PM, 27 Feb
Shutdown orders of some airports withdrawn.
2:54 PM, 27 Feb
SpiceJet SG161 departed Jammu 15 minutes ago. Its enroute Delhi.
2:40 PM, 27 Feb
Kangra, Kullu Manali, Pithoragarh airports also closed.
2:33 PM, 27 Feb
Air India official: Air India avoiding route of Pakistan air space with immediate effect. India use Pakistan airspace for flights to Gulf countries, Europe and USA
2:27 PM, 27 Feb
The entire airspace north of the Indian capital has been vacated, according to reports.
2:24 PM, 27 Feb
In all, nine airports, including the ones in Srinagar and Jammu, were closed on Wednesday for civilian air traffic amid escalating tension with Pakistan.
2:23 PM, 27 Feb
Himachal Pradesh: Flight operations temporarily suspended at Shimla, Bhuntar and Gagal airports
2:17 PM, 27 Feb
To elaborate, Pakistani airspace is divided into two Flight Information Regions: Karachi ACC (OPKR) and Lahore ACC (OPLR). The red lines on the map mark the boundaries of FIRs—or areas of ATC responsibility. They are different than political boundaries. Courtesy: @flightradar24
2:10 PM, 27 Feb
According to flightradar24, some international flights have been rerouted.
2:06 PM, 27 Feb
Jet Airways requests passengers to check flight status before proceeding to the airport
1:56 PM, 27 Feb
Attention! As a precautionary measure, PIA flights may be affected due to closure of Pakistan Commercial Air Space. For details please call our universal helpline +92 021 111 786 786.
1:53 PM, 27 Feb
According to Pak media, Pakistani airspace has officially been closed for commercial flights, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced on Wednesday.
1:43 PM, 27 Feb
According to Pakistan's Geo News, all incoming and outgoing local and international flights from lahore have been suspended until further orders. "A flight from Guangzhou, China has been sent back," the Lahore Airport official told the Pak media.
1:39 PM, 27 Feb
Uttarakhand: Flight operations at Dehradun airport also have been temporarily suspended.
1:32 PM, 27 Feb
All international flights crossing India and Pakistan going to Europe are diverted.
1:26 PM, 27 Feb
Pakistan also immediately stopped its domestic and international flight operations from Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Islamabad airports due to the ongoing tension with India.
1:26 PM, 27 Feb
IndiGo, India’s largest low-cost carrier, has issued advisory.
1:23 PM, 27 Feb
GoAir has also issued an advisory. "#GoAlert. Please note due to airspace restrictions, flights to and from Srinagar, Leh, Chandigarh and Jammu are currently on hold. Passengers are requested to check #GoAir flight status: http://goair.in or SMS G8 FlightNo to 57333," the airlines said in a tweet.
1:23 PM, 27 Feb
According to Pakistani media, Peshawar's Bacha Khan International Airport has temporarily been closed for commercial flights. The airport will instead be used for military purposes, Karachi-based Dawn news organisation said quoting officials. It further stated that a red alert has been issued.

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