Islamabad : Showing a bit of transparency towards airliners Pakistan opened one single air route for flights commuting from India transiting through Pakistan’s airspace, a senior office of the Ministry of Civil Aviation said.
“At around 5 pm on Thursday, Pakistan opened a route for westbound flights from India,” said the official.
While exact details are awaited, early on Friday morning an Air India flight between Mumbai and Washington DC and another one from Mumbai to London were seen flying over Pakistan on flight tracking website Flightradar24.
The development comes more than a month after Pakistan shut its airspace following Balakot strike for all airlines. The move has resulted in massive losses for airlines, which have been forced to use much longer route and burn additional fuel – a major component of an airline’s operation costs.
While on the other hand contradicting New Delhi’s claims, US personnel recently performed a physical count of Pakistan’s F-16 fleet and found none of the jets missing, Foreign Policy cited two US officials who were privy to the situation.
India had said its fighter jet pilot had downed a Pakistani F-16 while Islamabad said two of New Delhi’s jets were hit during a dog fight on February 27.
The report suggests that Indian officials “may have misled the international community about what happened that day.”
India had asked US officials to investigate Islamabad’s use of F-16s, a day after new Delhi’s botched air strikes in Balakot area of Pakistan’s Khyber pakhtunkhwa province, saying it was a breach of the end user agreement between the US and Pakistan.