An Air Canada flight from Toronto to Delhi turned back over Europe today after the Pakistani government decided to close its airspace amid heightened tensions with India.

The flight left Toronto at 9:39 p.m. ET Tuesday and was in the air for more than 12 hours before it landed back in the city Wednesday afternoon. It had already crossed the Atlantic Ocean and was flying over Europe when it turned around.

The plane landed after noon on Wednesday, said a spokesperson in an email.

Air Canada also cancelled a Delhi-bound flight from Vancouver on Tuesday night and has temporarily suspended service to India, a spokesperson said in an email.

The airline said it is monitoring the situation and will resume service “once the situation normalizes and we determine it is safe to do so.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Air Canada said its flight from Toronto to Mumbai is expected to go ahead that night because it takes a different route.

The airline said it’s evaluating routing options for its flights from Toronto and Vancouver to Delhi that are scheduled for later Wednesday night.

The Air Canada flight to India departed from Toronto around 9:39 p.m. ET Tuesday. (Travis Pereira/CBC)

Air Canada said it does not have any aircraft on the ground in India, and all flights from India to Canada have returned as scheduled. 

On Wednesday, Pakistan carried out airstrikes and shot down two Indian military jets on Wednesday, a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a war in 1971. Leading powers have urged the nuclear armed rivals to show restraint.

Flights on several airlines were affected.

Air Canada said it normally operates daily flights to Delhi from Toronto and Vancouver and flies from Toronto to Mumbai four times a week.



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