Safi Airways resolve tax dispute with Afghan authorities
KABUL (Pajhwok): Safi Airways is pleased to say that the tax dispute Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) has been resolved and ban on its domestic and international flights had been left which was decided to be imposed on 6th and 8th September this year, a statement from the airline said on Saturday.
“An agreement was reached with the respective authorities for the airline to make payments in installments. I would like to thank the Afghan traveling public and our travel agency partners for their support whilst this matter was being resolved,” the statement quoted the airline Manager International Affairs Mr. Farid Nazari as saying.
He said the Safi Airways operations were not suspended and the airline operated flights on its local and international route network. “We regret the irresponsible media coverage has damaged our reputation and created loss of revenue due to the negative publicity carried out by certain local media. Passengers have been misled to believe that our operations have been suspended which was not the case, this caused inconvenience to the public and the airline during the peak Hajj holidays season. Safi Airways legal department is in the process of bringing it to the attention of the respective government and media regulatory body and in taking legal action for defamation,” He stated.
Safi Airways maintained uncompromising international safety standards. “We were the first Afghan carrier to operate in compliance with EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) requirements, and was the first Afghan carrier certified as complying with the strict IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit), which is a matter of pride for an Afghan company,” he said.
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