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Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority to fine airlines for delayed flights

The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) is putting its foot down and is set to hand fines to carriers for delayed flights under a draft rule.

According to ACAA Chief Mahmud Shah Habibi, the draft would soon be forwarded to the Council of Ministers for ratification.

Habibi also announced a substantial 34% rise in ACAA income. In discussing the annual report of the ACAA, Habibi said that aviation-related income last year topped at “four billion and 364 million afghanis.”

However, with this year nearing an end, ACAA income has already reached five billion and 835 million afs, for a surge of 34%.

Habibi credited the revenue spike to the handing over of the country’s airspace control to Afghan institutions. NATO forces previously managed Afghanistan’s airspace.

“Two years earlier, Afghan airspace was controlled by NATO. Every foreign flight passing through Afghanistan was charged $500.

“But currently the charges have been increased to $700 per flight and the number of flights has also risen,” Habibi divulged.

The ACAA Chief said 27 planes were active in the country. About 90% of their control has been given to Afghans, with trained local staff.

Habibi said the ACAA planned to rebuild terminals, runway and boundary walls around Herat, Farah and Zabul airports this year.

“Another issue that we frequently face is postponement of flights. To control flight delays, we will soon send a new regulation to the cabinet. Every airline that delays flights would be fined,” Habibi added.

Habibi said the ACAA had been able to spend 66% of the $70 million budget during this financial year.

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