Montreal: With Pakistan closing its air space, Air Canada has temporarily suspended service to India, reported ANI on Wednesday. (Also read: Red Alert Sounded in Delhi Metro Rail Network)
According to PTI, Canada’s largest carrier has cancelled one flight to India from Vancouver and another flight, which was on way to Delhi, has turned back to Toronto, spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur reportedly said by email.
Reports say that the carrier, that operates a daily service from Toronto and Vancouver to Delhi and four times each week between Toronto and Mumbai, will “monitor the situation”.
Meanwhile, India’s Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said that Samjhauta Express, that runs between Delhi and Attari, will run as per schedule. Goyal’s clarification came amid reports that Pakistan had halted the service of the train.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan claimed to have shot down two Indian fighter jets in retaliation to India’s pre-emptive air strike on JeM terror camp in Balakot which killed over 300 terrorists.
Later, India’s Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that one MiG 21 was lost and its pilot was missing in action. Then, Pakistan also confirmed that it had one Indian pilot in custody.
The escalating tension between the two neighbours has had world leaders exhorting them to exercise restraint. Britain Prime Minister Theresa May, while calling the two nations to show restraint, said that her country was in talks with other international partners, including the UN, to come up with ways to help defuse tension in the region.
Earlier, Nepal had also issued a statement, asking both India and Pakistan to refrain from any activity that threatened the peace of the region.