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Indian Airlines to Avoid Flying Through Pakistani Airspace

India’s civil aviation regulator denies that there are any political reasons behind the move.

New Delhi (Sputnik) — Indian carriers will no longer use Pakistan’s airspace to fly to Dubai as the government has decided to straighten the route to save fuel and reduce the navigation fee for carriers.

“Airport Authority of India has straightened the route from Ahmedabad to Gulf which will save on fuel. On the existing route from Ahmedabad to gulf, our carriers fly over Pakistan airspace. However, on new route, they will not fly over Pakistan airspace,” announced India’s Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), in a statement.

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