Afghanistan's aviation authority blames that Pakistan cut 80% flights of Afghan airliner.


The aviation authorities in Afghanistan on Monday blamed Pakistan for unilaterally and arbitrarily cutting up to 80% flights of an Afghan airliner shuttling passengers between the two neighbors.

According to the Afghanistan Aviation Authority, Islamabad has cut the Kam Air flights from Islamabad to Kabul by 80%, citing the coronavirus pandemic. Mohammad Naeem, spokesman for the aviation body, told Anadolu Agency if talks with Pakistan failed to address the issue, Kabul would reciprocate the move and impose similar restrictions on Pakistan’s national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

“The PIA is conducting five flights a week from Islamabad to Kabul, but the flights of Kam Air have been dropped from five per week to only one in clear violation of the bilateral agreement in this regard,” he said, adding if COVID-19 is the reason, why not limit the PIA flights as well.

This comes amid an evident surge in flights from Pakistan to Afghanistan, carrying thousands of Pakistani migrants wishing to fly onward to the Gulf countries.