Airlines are canceling flights to Kabul and re-routing worldwide voyages to avoid Afghanistan airspace after the Taliban swiftly conquered the nation’s capital over the weekend.
United Airlines, which is flying continuous to Delhi, India every day from Newark Liberty International Airport and 5 instances every week from Chicago O’Hare International Airport, stated it’s directing these flights to avoid Afghan airspace.
“Due to the dynamic nature of the situation we have begun routing affected flights around Afghanistan airspace,” a consultant stated in a press release.
United stated it would work with the International Air Transport Association and the Federal Aviation Administration “to evaluate the situation and determine how we continue service to markets impacted.”
United says it’s the one US airline at the moment flying to India.
Earlier this summer time, the FAA prohibited US airways from flying over Afghanistan airspace beneath 26,000 ft because of elevated dangers “posed by extremist/militant activity.”
In addition, United Arab Emirates-based Flydubai and Emirates each suspended flights to Afghanistan.
“Flydubai temporarily suspends its operations to Kabul. We will continue to monitor the situation and revise our plans in line with the directives from the authorities,” a spokesperson for Flydubai stated in a press release. “We will be in touch with the passengers regarding their refund and rebooking options.”
And on Sunday, Emirates canceled its flights to and from Kabul for Monday and Tuesday, however about three hours later it introduced that “all Emirates flights to/from Kabul have been suspended until further notice.”
“Customers holding tickets with final destination to Kabul will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin,” the company stated. “Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused.”
The airline added that affected clients ought to contact their reserving brokers or the native Emirates office for choices.
The flight modifications come after the Taliban toppled the Western-backed authorities after a lightning offensive by which the unconventional Islamic militants captured one provincial capital after one other earlier than getting into Kabul.
President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation, bringing a shocking finish to a two-decade marketing campaign by which the US and its allies had tried to rework Afghanistan, whose safety forces collapsed even earlier than the withdrawal of the final American troops.
Thousands of Afghans fearing a return to Taliban rule have been desperately making an attempt to flee the nation via Kabul’s worldwide airport, the place 5 individuals have been killed Monday, witnesses informed Reuters.
The Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul has develop into a scene of chaos as movies and pictures emerge of the hectic evacuation of American officers and allies attempt to flee and native nationals, fearing a return to Taliban rule, desperately attempt to board departing planes.