Afghan airlines cleared for flight operations to and from Islamabad

Nov 14, 2021: The Civil Aviation Authority has allowed two Afghan airlines, Arian Afghan Airlines and Kam Air, to operate flights in Pakistan.

Airlines will operate return flights from Islamabad to Kabul. Ariana is allowed to operate two flights a week, while Kam Air can operate five. The CAA has allowed the arrival and departure of 1,000 passengers a week from Afghanistan.

Narrow body aircraft will only be allowed to land at Islamabad International Airport. Meanwhile, Wide Body 777 and Airbus 340 will be allowed to resume operations after an agreement is reached between the two countries.

According to sources, the neighboring country has sought permission from the CAA for flight operations from Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Kandahar to Karachi. However, permission is subject to the MoU between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

More than 1,500 passengers will benefit if successful. Earlier this week, PIA CEO Arshad Malik revealed that the national carrier was operating chartered flights only to Kabul. He told reporters that war insurance charges were one of the obstacles to resuming normal flights to the Afghan capital. “There are also security and radar issues at Kabul airport.”

Malik added that he recently met Afghan officials and discussed the issues with them. A solution is expected to be reached by the end of the month.

Last month PIA suspended its flights to Kabul over “inappropriate behavior of the Civil Aviation Authority of Afghanistan and the Taliban government”. The national carrier was the first airline to operate the first international flight to Afghanistan on September 13, post the Taliban takeover.

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