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    Passengers stranded at airports amid India-Pakistan tension

    Passengers stranded at airports amid India-Pakistan tension

    Passengers stranded at airports amid India-Pakistan tension
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    Temporary closure of air space over Pakistan snarled air traffic on Thursday, especially between Asia and Europe, though some airlines adjusted by rerouting their flights. In Bangkok, an important and busy hub for transcontinental flights, thousands of travellers were stranded. The closure of the main route for many flights to the Middle East and Europe was likely to be costly for airlines having to carry extra fuel and take longer journeys than usual. Bangkok airport officials said over 4,000 travellers were affected. Those needing help were getting access to accommodations and alternative travel arrangements, they said, though some of those stranded complained they were getting no help at all. Pakistan aviation authorities said the country's air space would reopen as of midnight Thursday (1900 GMT). The government closed it on Wednesday after fighter jets of India and Pakistan engaged in an air battle following an unsuccessful attempt to target Indian military installations in retaliatory strikes.

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    Stranded passengers stand outside an airport after it was closed for civilians operations amid tension along the border with Pakistan in Jammu, India, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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    Stranded passengers wait for transport outside Allama Iqbal airport after it was closed for civilians operations amid tension along the border with India, in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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    Stranded passengers wait for transport outside Allama Iqbal Airport after it was closed for civilians operations amid tension along the border with India, in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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    Pakistani police officers block a road to Karachi airport after it was closed for civilian operations amid tension along the Line of Control, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Muhammad Rizwan)

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    A group of 25 Danish students stay overnight at Suvarnabhumi Airport after they were unable to board a connecting flight Thursday, February 28, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. Temporary closure of air space over Pakistan snarled air traffic Thursday, especially between Asia and Europe, though some airlines adjusted by rerouting their flights. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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    Danish students sleep overnight at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand Thursday, February 28, 2019. In Bangkok, an important and busy hub for transcontinental flights, thousands of travellers were stranded. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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    A group of 25 Danish students stay overnight at Suvarnabhumi Airport after being unable to board a connecting flight Thursday, February 28, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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    A group of 25 Danish students stay overnight at Suvarnabhumi Airport after being unable to board a connecting flight Thursday, February 28, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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    Stranded passengers stand outside an airport after it was closed for civilians operations amid tension along the Line of Control, India, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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