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Air India suffers over 400 crore loss due to Pakistan airspace closure – India Today

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Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri on Thursday told Parliament that the closure of Pakistani airspace, in response to the Balakot airstrike by the Indian Air Force in February this year, has cost Air India approximately 430 crores.

In a written response, Hardeep Puri elaborated, Rerouting of Air India flights has resulted in an operating cost of approx 13 lakh per day as the flying time has increased by approximately 15 minutes.

The minister, however, assured Parliament that the burden of this increased operating cost has not been passed on to the passenger and there has been no fare increase, as a result.

Similarly, in response to the question asked by Shiv Sena MP Gajanan Kirtikar and TMC MP Prof Saugata Roy, the government has informed Lok Sabha that while it has issued no advisory to Indian airlines to avoid flying over Iranian airspace after the recent US-Iran stand-off, in view of the advisory issued by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 20.06.2019, all airlines in consultation with the Directorate General of Aviation (DGCA) have decided to avoid overflying areas of Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz within Iranian airspace to ensure safety.

The Civil Aviation Ministry said the said re-routing has resulted in an increase in the operating cost of Air India Express by approximately 22 lakhs per day and approx 2 lakhs per day for IndiGo. Daily, nine flights of Air India Express and two flights of IndiGo are re-routed to avoid Iranian airspace.

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