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New Kandahar airport chief vows standard services

New Kandahar airport chief vows standard services

Jul 01, 2018 - 16:37

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed chief of Kandahar International Airport has said complaints about problems are being investigated in an attempt to standardize the airport services.

After a Pajhwok report highlighted problems at the airport, the airport chief was changed and the Afghanistaninfo-icon Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) sent a delegation to Kandahar to investigate the problems.

During an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, , the airport new chief, Mohammad Samay Momand, told Pajhwok that a delegation from Kabulinfo-icon headed by ACAA head Mohammad Shah Habibion on Friday visited Kandahar and reviewed problems relating to the civil aviation after Pajhwok’s report.

He said the Kandahar administration would pay special attention to the development of Kandahar airport and standardizing its services.

International flights are expected to increase from the Kandahar airport so people and traders will be able to easily travel to foreign countries, he added.

In addition to standardizing the superstore canteen in the airport terminal, a restaurant and a coffee shop would be also built for passengers, Momand said.

He said electronic screens will be also installed for showing flight dates and other relevant information.

About passengers[ movement until the airport terminal, he said the issue was under discussion with the Ministry of Defense on shifting the responsibility of gates from the Afghan National Army (ANA) to police in order passengers were able to have easy movement.

Three parks will also be built for facilitating passengers until the mentioned problems are solved, said Momand.

He added the ACAA had developed a system based on which airlines would be fined for delaying or canceling flights.

Momand promised to standardize all services at the Kandahar airport and said all problems will be resolved gradually.

Kandahar residents and officials had told Pajhwok that the Kandahar airport was known as international airport inside and outside the country, but it lacked standard facilities.

They were of the view that flight delays, disappearance of luggage, dirty environmentinfo-icon, drug trafficking and non-availability of basic facilities had damaged the airport’s reputation.

Travelers have been complaining about multiple security searches and a sub-standard power system. During biometric scans, electricity vanished into thin air, with passengers waiting for the electricity to be restored.

They had complained that the cafeteria in the terminal was substandard and dirty as well as lacked no enough chairs for passengers and an air condition system.

Three years ago, the authorities had said the Kandahar airport would be an international transit airport, but it did not happen as yet.

The Kandahar airport was built in 1996, then the only international airport in the region.

The airport has 13,000 acres of yard ---a part of it has been given to foreign forces and in one part 205thAtal Military Corps and some other firms have established buildings.

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