Monday, August 16, 2021

Air India Flights 'Can't Operate' For Now As Afghan Airspace Shut Down

New Delhi: As chaos prevails in the capital city of Afghanistan after the Taliban took over from the democratically elected government, it is learned that the evacuation process via commercial flights will be on a halt.

This has affected the Air India flight which was to take off at 12.30 PM IST on Monday, August 16.

Afghanistan closed its airspace for all the commercial flights on Monday, confirmed TOLONews. The air travel was suspended at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, the report from TOLONews further added.

Meanwhile, US forces are in charge at the airport and are helping in the evacuation of embassy staff and other civilians.

According to a Reuters report, all Americans in Afghanistan are expected to be evacuated in the next two to three days. For this, the US has approved another 6,000 troops to facilitate the evacuation process of Americans and Afghan citizens who were working for them from Kabul.

After Taliban forces took control over Afghanistan's Presidential Palace in Kabul, major airlines were already rerouting their flights to avoid Afganistan Airspace.

Flights operating below 26,000 feet were prohibited in the Kabul Flight Information Region, which largely covers Afghanistan unless operating in and out of Hamid Karzai International Airport, said US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

Other countries' airlines, including Canada, Britain, Germany and France, were also advised to maintain an altitude of at least 25,000 over Afganistan by Safe Airspace, an agency that alerts for aviation warnings.

16/08/21 ABP

To Read the News in full at Source, Click the Headline


Post a Comment