Jammu and Kashmir: Airports shut indefinitely amid tension with Pakistan

New Delhi: All airports in Jammu, Srinagar, Leh and Pathankot — those close to the border with Pakistan — have been been shut indefinitely.

This move comes after an Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper crashed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam on Wednesday morning. Two bodies have been found, said the police.

The crash took place in the backdrop of heavy shelling and firing from across the border on a day IAF fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed a vast terror camp within Pakistan in a pre-dawn strike.

The area has been on high alert amid warnings of retaliation after India’s fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed a vast terror camp within Pakistan in a pre-dawn strike on Tuesday. All commercial flights in the area have been put on hold for security reasons.

Air Vistara tweeted that flights from Amritsar, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Jammu are on hold due to the airspace restrictions.

There have been reports of Pakistani fighter jets violating Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Rajouri sectors.