Pakistan partially restores flight operations after brief closure of airspace

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"North East & North Western airspace remains closed until further notice". "Other flights routed over India-Pakistan aerospace may also experience delays due to rerouting around the affected area".

Lahore-Islamabad motorway has not been closed for any type of traffic, Motorway Police spokesperson said on Wednesday.

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

This morning, there were reports of Pakistani fighter jets violating Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Rajouri sectors. "We continue to monitor the situation closely, and will update our customers as the situation develops".

Around 65 flight, across airports and airlines, including some worldwide carriers, were cancelled Wednesday after authorities clamped restrictions on commercial flights to and from nine Northern airports for about four hours since morning. According to government sources, flights to Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh, Leh, Amritsar, Pathankot, Dehradun and Dharamshala have been suspended till further notice.

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"Passengers are advised to contact their respective airlines for flight updates", it said.

Pakistani airports will be used for "military purposes", an official told Dawn News TV, adding that a red alert has also been issued.

The decision came after Pakistan said it had shot down two Indian Air Force planes in its airspace Wednesday, taking tensions between the South Asian rivals to unsafe new levels. The closure of Pakistani air space, which initially applied only to Indian carriers, meant that airlines had to stop services to that country besides increasing flying time and forcing non-stop flights to make technical halts.

After the Pulwama Incident on February 14, Pakistan and India have been going through some of the worst days between their already tense relationship.

Flight operations in Pakistan were partially restored on Wednesday evening, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said, after they were suspended in the wake of escalating border tensions between Pakistan and India.

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