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No flights cancelled only delay in flying time, says Air India

New Delhi, Feb 27: State-owned carrier Air India on Wednesday claimed that the airline has not cancelled any flights but has only increased the flying time in view of closure of air space amid high tension between India and Pakistan.

For the purpose, they have drawn up plans to avoid any exigency with minimal delay and keeping passengers’ safety and security on priority, the airline said in a statement here.

“In view of prevailing situation regarding closure of airspace, we would like to inform our esteemed passengers that astute route planning for our long and medium haul flights have been drawn up by our operations in preparedness of any exigency, including closure of air space so that flights operate with minimal delay according top priority to safety and security,” it said.

The debt-laden airline said it has re-routed all Delhi-US and Europe flights through Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Flights landing into India from Europe and the US were also being diverted to Dubai and Sharjah due to technical requirements and will land with a delay.

Earlier in the day, the authorities have closed airports of Kullu, Kangra, Shimla, Leh, Jammu, Srinagar, Pathankot and Amritsar in North India following Pakistan’s attempt to target India's military installations on Wednesday. Later, the authorities withdrew NOTAM notification and flight operations on these airports resumed normal. (UNI)