ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA) has determined to droop its flight operations to and from Afghanistan for an “unspecified interval”.
The suspension got here because the Taliban authorities ordered the airline to chop ticket costs to ranges seen earlier than the autumn of the Western-backed Afghan authorities in August.
Confirming the event, a PIA spokesperson mentioned that the flight operations have been suspended because of the “inappropriate conduct” of the Afghan officers.
“Final-minute change in choice by the Afghan authorities and unfavorable situations for international airways in Kabul have been additionally key causes behind the choice,” mentioned the spokesperson.
PIA’s aircrafts won’t fly to Kabul with out insurance coverage, he added.
Earlier, the Taliban warned PIA and Afghan provider Kam Air that their Afghan operations risked being blocked until they agreed to chop ticket costs, which have reached ranges more and more out of attain for many Afghans.
With most worldwide airways now not flying to Afghanistan, tickets for flights to the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, have been promoting for as a lot as $2,500 on PIA, in accordance with journey brokers in Kabul, in contrast with $120-$150 earlier than.
The Afghan transport ministry mentioned in an announcement costs on the route ought to “be adjusted to correspond with the situations of a ticket earlier than the victory of the Islamic Emirate” or the flights can be stopped.
It urged passengers and others to report any violations.
Flights between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been severely restricted since Kabul airport was reopened final month within the wake of the chaotic evacuation of greater than 100,000 Westerners and susceptible Afghans following the Taliban victory.
PIA mentioned that ever because the new Taliban authorities was shaped, its employees in Kabul had confronted last-minute adjustments in laws and flight permissions and “extremely intimidating behaviour” from Taliban commanders.