Pakistan is set to finally open its airspace when Air India One, carrying Narendra Modi, makes it way to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, where the prime minister is scheduled to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on 13 and 14 June.
It will mark the end of the airspace restriction that Pakistan had put in place after Indian air strikes on terror camps in Balakot on 26 February. The reopening of the airspace should come as a relief for Indian airlines flying westwards, as they had been losing large sums of money taking circuitous routes to circumvent the ban.
The hostilities in the air, however, nearly led to a tragedy in India. Last month, a Georgian cargo aircraft flying in from the Pakistani side was forced to land in Jaipur by two Su-30 fighter jets as it had flown in from the restricted airspace. Read More