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PIA suspends flights to Kabul over unprofessional attitude of authorities

MANHATTAN: National Flag Carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has taken to the Twitter (on Thursday 14th day of October) to inform  suspension of its flights to Kabul. 

“PIA has decided to suspend its flight operations to Kabul till situation on ground improves and conditions become more conducive for International Level Flight Operations. PIA was only operating Charter flights purely on humanitarian considerations as really high insurance costs make regular operations impossible,” the airline stated.

Meanwhile the United Nations Spokesman Dujarrichas underscored the need for ensuring world standards at airports in Afghanistan that international airlines feel comfortable to operate there.  He was responding to a question at the regular briefing in New York about the suspension by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) of its flights to Kabul over what it called was “unprofessional attitude” of the aviation authorities there. PIA was the only international carrier operating regularly out of the Afghan capital.
“Our flights frequently faced undue delays because of the unprofessional attitude of the Kabul aviation authorities,” Abdullah Hafeez Khan, the PIA spokesman, was quoted as saying in media reports.
Spokesman Dujarric, who was asked about the UN secretary-general’s reaction to the flights cancellation by PIA, said: “It’s critical that Kabul airport and other airports in Afghanistan be running up to international standards, that international airlines feel comfortable to operate there.”
On its part, he said, the United Nations has been continuing to operate its humanitarian air service using the organization’s planes.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.