Flight operations have been suspended across major airports in Pakistan due to the escalating tensions between Pakistan and India, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced on Wednesday.
Some of the flights en route to Jammu, Leh and Srinagar airports have been diverted to their origin stations, officials added.
A CAA source told AFP that all airlines had been notified to "suspend their operations in Pakistan until further notice".
Guru Ram Dass International Airport Director Manoj Chansoria said the arrival and departure of all civil flights from Amritsar International Airport has been suspended.
Airports at Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Pathankot, Amritsar, Shimla, Kangra, Kullu Manali, Pithoragarh were among those closed, they said. The civilian air traffic has been suspended at Srinagar airport, reports said. Officials said they received instructions from air traffic controllers that the airports have been shut for civilian operations.
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Vistara Airlines said in a tweet, "Due to airspace restrictions flights to and from Amritsar, Srinagar and Jammu are now on hold".
Even as the air space was re-opened around 1.30 pm, no flight operated at Jammu, Srinagar and Leh Airport as the airlines had cancelled all their flights for Wednesday.
About 150 flights of Indian carriers were impacted by the airport closures, inconveniencing passengers.
Inside the Airport complex also, a mix of disappointment and annoyance was visible on the faces of hundreds of passengers, who had been waiting for arrival of their flight for onward journey to respective destinations and were now preparing for return to home. "Other flights routed over India-Pakistan aerospace may also experience delays due to rerouting around the affected area".
"Qatar Airways can confirm that due to the ongoing situation on the India-Pakistan border, its flights to airports in Pakistan are now temporarily suspended", the carrier said. In addition CISF has been urged to intensify security n and around all the airports. "We have issued an alert to all General Managers of zones in view of the prevailing security scenario".