Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Worried about flyers' safety, India unlikely to resume Afghanistan flights soon

India is unlikely to resume flights to Afghanistan in the days to come as the government is apprehensive about the safety and security of the crew and passengers, sources have told CNN-News18.

Evacuation flights may pull out Indian nationals or “persons of interest” from Afghanistan but these would only go to Kabul once safety and Air Traffic Control (ATC) check had been done by a third country officially, the sources said.

Sending flights to other stations for evacuations as well is out of the question, they said. Reports said on September 6 that Taliban cadre were taking money from flights before their release from Mazar-E-Sharif.

In another report, news agency Bloomberg reported the Taliban as saying that international flights from Afghanistan would resume shortly.

At least 170 people were killed on August 26 when a suicide bomber struck the Kabul airport that was teeming with people desperate to escape the Taliban.

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