PIA suspends Kabul flight operation over Afghanistan threats

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Afghan Civil Aviation Authority demands PIA to reduce fares to Islamabad and Kabul
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Afghan Civil Aviation Authority demands PIA to reduce fares to Islamabad and Kabul

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Karachi: PIA suspends flight operation to Kabul over Afghan threats

According to the PIA spokesman, the Kabul operation will remain suspended until further orders. The PIA conducted a special operation even after the Taliban came to power and evacuated about 3,000 people in view of the changing situation in Afghanistan. The United Nations, the World Bank, the IMF and other international organizations and international media organizations expelled journalists.

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The spokesman said in a statement that despite difficult circumstances, PIA was the only international airline whose captain and crew risked their lives to continue air operations to Kabul and evacuate people from Afghanistan.

On the other hand, the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority has warned PIA and Afghan Airlines Com Air to reduce fares from Kabul to Islamabad or else their flights on this route will be suspended.

The Afghan Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement that Afghan citizens should file a formal complaint with the authority if they see any violations by the two airlines. According to Afghan media, air travel fares have reached ڈالر 2,000 under the Taliban government, while tickets cost between سے 200 and 300 300 under the Ashraf Ghani government.

The day before, the PIA had said that it was considering suspending flight operations to Afghanistan against the unprofessional behavior of the Taliban government and Afghan civil aviation.

The PIA says it has decided to raise the issue at a higher level due to interference in the PIA flight operation by Afghan Taliban officials and lack of cooperation from Afghan civil aviation. The PIA administration says the attitude of Afghan officials towards PIA employees at Afghan airports is inappropriate.

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