Air Canada Has Suspended Flights To India As The Conflict With Pakistan Becomes Violent
Tensions are rising between the neighbouring regions.
An Air Canada flight that was scheduled to fly from Toronto to Delhi has reportedly turned back after the Pakistani government closed their airspace today.
The Government of Canada is also warning Canadians to "avoid all non-essential travel" to Pakistan due to an "unpredictable" state of security, the risk of terrorist attacks, kidnapping and "sectarian" violence.
TL;DR Several airlines, including Air Canada, have suspended flights to India as tensions rise between Pakistan and India in the Kashmir region. The Government of Canada is also advising Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel to the region.
Due to tensions between India & Pakistan the air space for flight inbound had been restricted.— Plane Finder (@planefinder) February 27, 2019
We are starting to see flights like #UA82 divert to @HeathrowAirport https://t.co/6uK4PgDWZX pic.twitter.com/KXo8JcV3ID
Several other major airlines have suspended travel to their area, including Emirates Airways and Qatar Airways, according to Global News.
Flights are apparently turning back and landing at London's Heathrow Airport to avoid the air space over the Pakistani-Indian area.
The ongoing tension between Pakistan and India has increased over the last couple of weeks, in part due to a suicide bombing that took place on February 14th that killed over 40 people, according to Global News.
CBC also reports that Pakistan shot down two jets from India on Wednesday in airstrikes that were seemingly in retaliation of Indian warplanes striking Pakistan for the first time in over 50 years.
It was reported yesterday that tensions in the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan could bring the two neighbouring countries into a full-fledged war, which is particularly worrisome as both countries are armed with nuclear weapons.