By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Almost two weeks have passed since Afghan aviation companies announced a near-total shutdown
of international flights, but some foreign companies are still flying in and out of Afghanistan. According to the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA), Afghan domestic companies Ariana Airlines and Kam Air now only have flights from Dubai and Pakistan. And Pakistan has also imposed restrictions on the transit of goods flown in from Afghan airline companies, said ACAA.
But the head of the authority, Mohammad Qasim Wafaeezada, said foreign airline companies, primarily
those based in the UAE, are conducting their flights to Kabul from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Islamabad. But the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority recentl announced that it will ban flights by Iran’s Mahan
Air because of the coronavirus and flights by other companies to Iran have not been banned. Wafaeezadad said that domestic flights are normal. “Restrictions were imposed on flights due to the coronavirus and required all flights to have credible health certificates,” Wafazeezada said, referring to the ban on Afghan airliners, including Kam Air and Ariana Airlines, by foreign countries. The Ariana Afghan Airlines saying that have taken some precautionary measures to provide a safe environment for its passengers travelling to different provinces and abroad. External Affairs Ministry in a statement on March 19 said “no scheduled commercial passenger aircraft shall be allowed to land in India from March 22 for one week.” Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) based Emirates Airlines on Saturday suspended its flights to several destinations including capital Kabul due to the spike in the outbreak of Covid-19. “In response to the latest developments in the COVID- 19 outbreak around the world, Emirates is taking extra steps that go above and beyond industry and regulatory requirements to ensure our customers’ health and comfort, and provide you with confidence when planning your travel,” Airline said on its website. “Several countries have imposed travel and immigration restrictions due to COVID-19. All customers are requested to check relevant travel advisories from and to the countries to which they are traveling.” “This is a dynamic situation and it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure there are no entry restrictions at their travel destination. IATA Travel Centre provides a list of travel advisories relating to COVID-19.” The Airline has suspended flights to several destinations across the world that include Kabul City till June 30.