British Asia News Network- AD
Lahore, May 15: Authorities have decided not to lift airspace ban for Indian flights till May 30, as Islamabad is awaiting the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls in India. Full airspace ban for Indian flights has been imposed after Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on 26 February. As per a senior official "The top officials of defence and aviation ministries held a meeting on Wednesday to reconsider opening its airspace for Indian flights. They decided that Pakistan's airspace will remain banned for the Indian flights till May 30." He also added government will now consider lifting of the ban on Pakistan's airspace for Indian flights on May 30.
Pakistan's Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said "Status quo will remain till the elections are over in India. I don't see any improvement in relations between Pakistan and India till the elections are over and a new government is installed. The ban on airspace by each other I think will also continue till Indian polls."
According to a senior PIA official national flag carrier's loss is running into billions of rupees because of suspension of the flights especially to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) used to operate four flights to Kuala Lumpur, two to Bangkok and two to New Delhi.