Flight operations resume at nine airports

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The country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) tweeted that it "has officially closed its airspace until further notice". Meanwhile, the Indian Railways has issued a security alert across its network in view of the escalating tension with Pakistan even as no trains to Jammu and Kashmir have been cancelled so far.

Heavy rush of passengers at air ticket counter near entrance of Jammu Airport following cancellation of flights on Wednesday.

Two Indian jets were taken down by Pakistan Air Force this morning after another altercation between the two countries, this morning.

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Dubai's Emirates confirmed that flights to Pakistan on Thursday also would be cancelled. "We continue to monitor the situation closely, and will update our customers as the situation develops". The list of airports included Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar and Leh, Kullu-Manali, Kangra, Shimla and Pathankot. The restrictions were lifted later in the day, with Chandigarh being the first to reopen followed by the others.

"Passengers are advised to contact their respective airlines for flight updates", it said.

"Qatar Airways can confirm that due to the ongoing situation on the India-Pakistan border, its flights to airports in Pakistan are now temporarily suspended", the carrier said.

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"Staff across Abu Dhabi Airports are actively working to support affected guests".

Global flights that transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace have been hit by the airport shutdowns in cities near the India-Pakistan border after tension escalated between the two countries on Wednesday. In a statement, it added that it would provide a full refund for passengers who could not make it to the airport to fly to or from the aforementioned cities yesterday.

On Tuesday, the Indian Air Force said it carried out military strikes on "militant bases" in Pakistan.

A spokesperson of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has said that Lahore to Oslo flight PK-751 and Islamabad to Manchester flight PK-701 have been stopped at airports.

After the Pulwama Incident on February 14, Pakistan and India have been going through some of the worst days between their already tense relationship.

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