PIA suspends Afghan operations for ‘unspecified interval’

PIA suspend its flight operations to Afghanistan. Photo: file
PIA droop its flight operations to Afghanistan. Photo: file  

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has determined to droop its flight operations to and from Afghanistan for an “unspecified period”.

The suspension got here because the Taliban authorities ordered the airline to chop ticket costs to ranges seen earlier than the autumn of the Western-backed Afghan authorities in August.

Confirming the event, a PIA spokesperson mentioned that the flight operations have been suspended as a result of “inappropriate behavior” of the Afghan officers.

“Last-minute change in resolution by the Afghan authorities and unfavorable circumstances for overseas airways in Kabul have been additionally key causes behind the choice,” said the spokesperson.

PIA’s aircrafts will not fly to Kabul without insurance, he added.

Earlier, the Taliban warned PIA and Afghan carrier Kam Air that their Afghan operations risked being blocked unless they agreed to cut ticket prices, which have reached levels increasingly out of reach for most Afghans.

With most international airlines no longer flying to Afghanistan, tickets for flights to the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, have been selling for as much as $2,500 on PIA, according to travel agents in Kabul, compared with $120-$150 before.

The Afghan transport ministry said in a statement prices on the route should “be adjusted to correspond with the circumstances of a ticket earlier than the victory of the Islamic Emirate” or the flights would be stopped.

It urged passengers and others to report any violations.

Flights between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been severely limited since Kabul airport was reopened last month in the wake of the chaotic evacuation of more than 100,000 Westerners and vulnerable Afghans following the Taliban victory.

PIA said that ever since the new Taliban government was formed, its staff in Kabul had faced last-minute changes in regulations and flight permissions and “extremely intimidating behaviour” from Taliban commanders.


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