Airline Suspends Flights From Kabul Citing Taliban Interference
New Delhi: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Thursday suspended flights to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, reported news agency Reuters. It cited “heavy-handed” interference by Taliban authorities, including arbitrary rule changes and intimidation of staff behind the decision. The suspension came as the Taliban government ordered the airline, the only international company operating regularly out of Kabul, to cut ticket prices to levels seen before the fall of the Western-backed Afghan government in August.Also Read – Good News For Tourists From Australia, Other Countries, They Will Soon Get 500,000 Free Visas to Visit India | Details Here
“We are suspending our flight operations to Kabul from today because of the heavy-handedness of the authorities,” a spokesman said. 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. Also Read – Manila in Philippines to Ease Covid-19 Lockdown Rules From October 16. Check Details
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, as compared to $120-$150 before. The Afghan transport ministry said that a statement price on the route should “be adjusted to correspond with the conditions of a ticket before the victory of the Islamic Emirate” or the flights would be stopped. It urged passengers and others to report any violations. Also Read – International Flights: Air Canada Launches New Flights From Delhi to Montreal From Oct 31. Full Schedule Here
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 victory of Taliban.
(Based on agency inputs)