6 Jun 2019 10:05

Air Astana suspends flights to New Delhi until June 14 due to closed airspace between Pakistan, India

ALMATY. June 6 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan's Air Astana has extended suspension of its flights to New Delhi from Nur-Sultan and Astana until June 14 due to the closed airspace between Pakistan and India, the airline said in a statement posted on its website.

Earlier, the airline suspended flights to the Indian capital in the period between April 11 and 30 and extended the suspension until May 31.

Air Astana said it was closely monitoring the situation and would resume regular flights as soon as the airspace reopened.

The airspace between Pakistan and India was closed in late February following incidents in Kashmir.

Kashmir is a Muslim-populated territory divided between India and Pakistan. A settlement in this region has been the main stumbling stone in bilateral relations since the two countries proclaimed independence in 1947.

Air Astana began regular flights in 2002. It currently operates on over 60 international and domestic routes. The airline's fleet comprises Boeing-767-300ER, Boeing-757-200, Airbus A320, Airbus A320neo, Embraer E190, and Embraer 190-E2.