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Airlines Join Repatriation Effort in Kabul, Afghanistan

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In light of the ongoing conflicts witnessed in Afghanistan, Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport has in recent weeks been the main focus for evacuation and repatriation flights.

Majority of flights at Kabul airport are being operated by military at the moment, as civil operations have severely been limited. However, according flight tracking website, flightradar24, airlines from more than 30 countries have provided aircraft to carry stranded passengers from Afghanistan operating from air bases in Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE or airports in Pakistan and Tajikistan.

Situation at Kabul

Authorities in Afghan issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) warning that aircraft were on their own with the Air Traffic control (ATC) for commercial aircraft overflying Afghanistan ceasing on 18th August. NOTAM went on to instruct pilots that engines must remain on at the airport and landings must be pre-cleared within a 60-minute window.

FOLLOWING NOTAM IS ISSUED ON REQUEST OF KABUL ACC. DUE SECURITY REASON KABUL ACC. IS RELEASED TO MILITARY. NO ATS WILL BE AVAILABLE. ACFT TRANSITING THROUGH KABUL FIR WILL BE FLYING IN UN-CONTROLLED AIRSPACE AT THEIR OWN RISK.

There are no services available at the Kabul airport including fuel and aircraft servicing with the airport’s instrument landing system and Very High frequency omni-directional range (VOR) also out of service.

Afghanistan being a heavy travel corridor for international over flights especially those in transit from North America and Europe to destinations in India and Southeast Asia, has seen major international carriers scrambling to reroute and avoid the Afghan airspace leading to disruptions of passenger services to India and Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

Among the airlines that have repatriated people from Kabul include;

Africa Charter Airline, South Africa

Air Belgium, Belgium

Air Europa, Spain

Air India, India

Air Tanker, United Kingdom

Ajwaa Airlines, Egypt

Condor, Germany

Corendon Dutch Airlines, Netherlands

Danish Air Transport, Denmark

Eastern Air Lines, United States

Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopia

EuroAtlantic Airways, Portugal

Finnair, Finland

Freebird Airlines, Turkey

Georgian Airways, Georgia

GlobalX, United States

GulfAir, Bahrain

Gullivair, Bulgaria

HiFly, Portugal

Iberai, Spain

Jordan Aviation, Jordan

Kam Air, Afghanistan

Kenya Airways, Kenya

Klasjet, Lithuania

Kuwait Airways, Kuwait

LOT, Poland

Lufthansa, Germany

Luke Air, Italy

National Airlines, United States

Neos, Italy

PIA, Pakistan

Priviledge Style, Spain

Qatar Airways, Qatar

Safe Air Company, Kenya

SAS, Denmark/Norway/Sweden

Smartwings, Czech Republic

Star East, Romania

Sun country, United States

Swiss, Switzerland

Tarom, Romania

Titan Airways, United Kingdom

TUI (NL), Netherlands

Turkish Airlines, Turkey

Utair, Russia

Uzbekistan Airways, Uzbekistan

Wamos, Spain

World2fly, Spain

 

By Victor Shalton Odhiambo

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