This article has been updated to reflect the latest news from Air Canada as of 3:30 p.m. EST.
Air Canada has just announced that it has taken steps to reroute aircraft heading to India, as a result of the Pakistani government shutting down its airspace earlier this afternoon.
In a statement to PAX, Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said:
"One Air Canada flight en route to Delhi last night (Feb. 26) turned back over the Atlantic Ocean and returned to Toronto today, while a second flight from Vancouver to Delhi to depart last night (Feb 26) was cancelled."
A report by CNN states that Pakistan claims to have shot down two Indian fighter jets over the disputed border region of Kashmir. Pakistan and India have harboured political turmoil for more than 70 years. In response, the Pakistani government closed its airspace today (Wed. Feb. 27).
Flights still running
According to Fitzpatrick, Air Canada’s flight from Toronto to Mumbai is planned to operate tonight as it takes a different routing.
"We are evaluating the routing options for both Toronto-Delhi and Vancouver-Delhi flights scheduled to operate later tonight," Fitzpatrick added.
Flights to Delhi are cancelled tonight from both Toronto (AC 42 Feb. 27) and Vancouver (AC44 Feb. 28) as there currently are no suitable alternate routings. The airline says flights to Delhi will operate as soon as operationally feasible.
Air Canada currently has no aircraft on the ground in India and all flights from India to Canada have returned as scheduled.
The airline has put a goodwill policy in place for its customers who may have been affected.
For more information, customers should consult www.aircanada.com.
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