Nimroz residents unhappy over high airfares
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): The residents of southwestern Nimroz province have complained against the high price of air tickets to Herat province saying it was 26 times higher than the bus fare.
They said only the KAM Air private airline flew between Herat and Nimroz and its tickets were unaffordable.
They lamented there was no direct flight between Kabul and Nimroz and the plane had to stay in Herat before landing in Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz.
Mohammad Sami, a government employee and resident of Zaranj, said due to high air ticket price most residents could not travel to Kabul through air to discharge their urgent work in Kabul.
“The land routes were insecure, civil and military employees could not travel in buses due to possible attack in the meantime the air travel was unaffordable too,” he said.
Gul Ahmad, a teacher of a school in Zaranj, said “The government should put pressure on private airlines companies to reduce the high price of air tickets.” Currently the price of a single ticket from Heart to Kabul was 6,000 afghanis, but it cost 9,000 between Herat and Zaranj.
But Hidayatullah Yaqubi, in charge of the Zaranj Airport affairs, said currently small airbuses could land and depart at the airport therefore the prices of air tickets were high.
He said work on the new runway was underway and would be completed in the near future adding that more airplanes would be able to land and depart and the price of airfare would subsequently decline.
Deputy Governor Mohammad Qasim Khedri said the problem had been discussed with officials concern in the centre and they pledged to cooperation in resolving the issue.
The old Nizmroz airport was constructed for the first time in 1968, but its areas was small and local residents were constructed in the vicinity.
But the new airport was established 25 kilometers from Zaranj City and was stretched in a huge area. The facility was being constructed at the cost of $2 million and would be inaugurated in a week.
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