Passengers stranded at airports amid India-Pakistan tension
Updated : 2019-03-01 12:24:21
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.