|17 July, 2019

United to resume India flights from September as Pakistan reopens airspace

Pakistan reopened its airspace to international civil aviation on Tuesday

United Airlines first new livery Boeing 737-800 sits at a gate after arriving at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., June 5, 2019.

United Airlines first new livery Boeing 737-800 sits at a gate after arriving at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., June 5, 2019.

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United Airlines Holdings Inc said on Wednesday it would restart daily nonstop service between New York/Newark, New Delhi and Mumbai from Sept. 6, after Pakistan lifted airspace restrictions.

The company will also start a new daily service between San Francisco and New Delhi beginning Dec. 5, a spokesman said.

Pakistan reopened its airspace to international civil aviation on Tuesday after months of restrictions imposed because of clashes with India, which forced long detours that cost airlines millions of dollars.

(Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru and Sudarshan Varadhan in New Delhi; editing by Gopakumar Warrier) ((ramavenkat.raman@thomsonreuters.com; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780, outside U.S. +91 80 6749 7151; Reuters Messaging: ramavenkat.raman.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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