Pakistan not willing to open the air space : Air Indiato lose 13 lakhs a day

Closure of Pakistani airspace following airstrikes by Indian Air Force in Balakot last February has been taking heavy toll on national carrier Air India. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday that airspace restriction had resulted in additional operating cost of about ₹13 lakhs per day while for its affiliate Air India Express, the daily loss is pegged at ₹22 lakhs due to re-routing of flights. “This rerouting of Air India flights has resulted in an increase in the operating cost by ₹13 lakh (approx) per day as the flying time has increased by approximately 15 minutes,” the minister said in written reply.