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Noor aide spurns CAA claims about flight delay

Noor aide spurns CAA claims about flight delay

Dec 02, 2017 - 17:21

KABUL (Pajhwok): Officials in northern Balkh province on Saturday rejected the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) claims about cancelation of a Kandahar-Balkh flight.

Earlier, the CAA in two separate statements said a Kam Air flight from Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh, was scheduled to leave for southern Kandahar province.

But the flight had to be cancelled due to late arrival of Balkh officials at the airport in Mazar-i-Sharif and non availability of nighttime landing facilities at the airport in Kandahar.

In the second statement, the CAA said the Kam Air flight to Kandahar City was allowed to fly on Friday, but Balkh governor and the delegation accompanied him did not arrive to board the flight.

Kam Air lines refused to comment on the matter.

An advisor to the Balkh governor rejected CAA claims and said Atta Mohammad Noor and other political leaders waited for one and a half hours at the airport for the flight departure.

The source termed the CAA statements a childish move and said the statements were released after political leaders in Kandahar warned the government of bad consequences over the flight delay.

He said no technical issue was existed at the Kandahar airport and after the Kam Air flight was not allowed to fly from Mazar-i-Sharif Airport, a foreign aircraft took off from Kandahar Airport the same time.

After the flight cancelation, Governor Atta Mohammad Noor said: “We wanted to attend the gathering of Loy Kandahar Consensus Council, unfortunately the government stopped our flight. This is an illegal, immoral, inhuman and non-patriotic move by the government which is not in the interest of Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile, Kandahar Airport Commander Ahmadullah Faizi said there was no technical issue for flights to land or take off during night at the airport.

A reliable source in Balkh said besides attending the gathering in Kandahar, Noor wanted to have one-on-one meetings with Kandahar police chief Gen. Razeq, Wolesi Jirga members Hameedzai Lalai, Haji Zahir Qader, Humayon Humayon and others.