Indo-Pak Tensions: Eight Airports Shut, Airspace North of Delhi Vacated

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An official notice stated that the airports have been closed for three-month duration but sources told that it is the outer limit and depending on the situation on ground, it can be annulled earlier.

It is believed that the step was taken in view of escalation of tension between India and Pakistan after IAF struck down terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's camp in Balakot, killing up to 350 terrorists. Speaking to the media, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said he did not know how many flights have been impacted by the temporary suspension of air operations, PTI reported.

Heavy rush of passengers at air ticket counter near entrance of Jammu Airport following cancellation of flights on Wednesday.

Indian Air Force violated the Line of Control in the wee hours of Tuesday before being whisked away by Pakistan Air Force.

Dubai's Emirates confirmed that flights to Pakistan on Thursday also would be cancelled. The Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi has been overcrowded with flights getting cancelled and rerouted. The restrictions were lifted later in the day, with Chandigarh being the first to reopen followed by the others.

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Air India waived off rescheduling charges for up to the first week of March and also capped fares at Rs 5,000 for flights to Srinagar, Leh and Jammu from New Delhi.

"Passengers are advised to contact their respective airlines for flight updates", it said. In a statement, it added that it would provide a full refund for passengers who could not make it to the airport to fly to or from the aforementioned cities yesterday.

He claimed that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace and two Indian pilots have been arrested.

Meanwhile airports in certain parts of India including also Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Pathankot, Amritsar and Shimla also suspended flights on Wednesday, officials said.

The escalation in tensions comes weeks after 44 Indian military personnel were killed in a vehicle bomb attack that was claimed by a Pakistani-based militant group.

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