Air Canada suspends service to Delhi as tensions rise on Asian subcontinent

While there was no word from the airline, travel agents said that the flight coming from the U.S. to Delhi was being terminated in Europe on Wednesday.

With Pakistan imposing a ban on flights over its air space for both India-registered airlines and also global carriers, passengers will have to brace themselves for longer hauls and perhaps some cancellations.

The North American airline will operate a seasonal route, comprising four weekly flights between the cities from December 12, 2019 to the end of March 2020.

The advisory for Pakistan asks to avoid non-essential travel to the country. It is due to return to Toronto this afternoon.

A second Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Delhi slated for takeoff Tuesday night was also cancelled, said spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur.

"We have put in place a goodwill policy for affected customers and are monitoring the situation in order to resume service once the situation normalizes and we determine it is safe to do so", Air Canada wrote in a statement.

Earlier in the day, several airlines, including Etihad, Flydubai, Gulf Air, SriLankan Airlines and Air Canada had suspended services to Pakistan and flight tracking portals showed Singapore Airlines, British Airways and others were forced to reroute flights, according to Reuters.

Air Canada has confirmed that it is starting an Auckland to Vancouver service from December.

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Air Canada's flight from Toronto to Mumbai is planned to operate tonight as it takes a different routing, and we are evaluating the routing options for both Toronto-Delhi and Vancouver-Delhi flights scheduled to operate later tonight.

The normal route is flying over Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Gulf and into Europe for Europe bound flights, while the U.S. and Canada bound flights turn down from Scandinavia which is the shortest route to that region.

Pakistan's government said the airspace closure will last until midnight on Thursday.

CBC also reports that Pakistan shot down two jets from India on Wednesday in airstrikes that were seemingly in retaliation of Indian warplanes striking Pakistan for the first time in over 50 years.

It also says one of its own fighter planes crashed in unknown circumstances inside Pakistani territory.

The suicide bombing was the deadliest assault on troops in Indian Kashmir since 1989.

- With files from The Associated Press.

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