Pakistan's aviation authorities have now started denying India permission to use its airspace for international flights operated between Jammu and Kashmir and the Gulf countries.

On October 23, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had started four weekly direct flights of GoFirst between Srinagar and Sharjah.

For the first few days, Pakistan allowed GoFirst's weekly flight to fly over its airspace and later abruptly stopped clearance for the same.

Since then, the flight has been taking a very long route. It took about 3 hours 40 minutes to fly over Pakistan. Due to the long route away from the neighboring country's airspace, the journey now takes an additional 40-50 minutes.

Statement comes from officials, "Pakistan had given overflying clearance to this Srinagar-Sharjah-Srinagar flight and then suddenly started denying access to its airspace to this flight. India has written to Pakistan on this issue but there has been no response so far. If they do not respond, India could raise the same on international fora"

In 2019, Pakistan closed its airspace for 138 days from 27 February to 16 July following the Balakot attack by the Indian Air Force. Even at that time, India had taken up the issue with the United Nations' aviation arm, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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