India has asked Pakistan through diplomatic channels to grant overflight clearance to airline GoFirst’s Srinagar to Sharjah flight, PTI reported on Thursday.
The airline, which was earlier known as GoAir, began direct flights between Srinagar and Sharjah city in the United Arab Emirates from October 23. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had inaugurated the service during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir last month.
Authorities in Pakistan had granted overflight clearance to the flights on October 23, 24, 26 and 28, PTI quoted an unidentified official as saying. However, Pakistan is said to have placed the clearance on hold from October 31 to November 30.
“This matter was promptly taken up with Pakistan through diplomatic channels and we have requested Pakistan to grant overflight clearance for this flight in the larger interest of the common people who have booked tickets on this route,” an unidentified official said, adding that Pakistan has not yet cited a specific reason for refusing the permission.
The flight from Srinagar to Sharjah took 3 hours and 40 minutes when it flew through Pakistani airspace, The Indian Express reported. However, on Tuesday, after Pakistan refused overflight clearance, the flight flew over Rajasthan and Gujarat before heading to the United Arab Emirates via Oman’s airspace. This flight took 4…