MHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 9 Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1914 times:
Quoting Brahmin (Thread starter): With the tension in the sub-continent, this seems to be a distinct possibility in the near future. How will this affect the operations of Indian carriers?
I'm flying AI 102 (JFK-DEL) next week and I was wondering if we will overfly Pakistan. I know that before the bombings the flight did overfly Pakistan so it will be interesting to see what happens and if it will change the duration of the flight.
PP705 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1861 times:
It's unlikely to happen. It will hit PIA more than the Indian carriers. Only flights from DEL, ATQ and AMD will be affect. Flights from BOM will not be affected. But for PIA, it means a really long route to SIN, BKK, KUL, DAC, etc. They will have to fly via Sri Lanka or over China.
FlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15 Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1834 times:
Quoting PP705 (Reply 2): It's unlikely to happen. It will hit PIA more than the Indian carriers. Only flights from DEL, ATQ and AMD will be affect. Flights from BOM will not be affected. But for PIA, it means a really long route to SIN, BKK, KUL, DAC, etc. They will have to fly via Sri Lanka or over China.
While India is larger, Pakistan is kind of in the way of all the flights to Europe. PIA could overfly China on its way to Southeast Asia, the Indian airlines could fly North or South around Pakistan. It wouldn't be a huge deal, but certainly an inconvenience.
I think things, however, would have to get immensely worse before a measure like this would be instated. There is certainly tension between the two states, but it isn't yet to a level where this kind of diplomatic quid pro quo would be played. No one has anything to gain from. Also, if the situation were bad enough they were restricting their airspace to each other, it would likely mean armed forces were forward mobilized, shots would be being exchanged in contested border regions (Kashmir), and likely diplomatic missions would either see members (or entire missions) called home or expelled.
I think we'll see substantive mediation defuse the situation before it progresses that far.
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