‘Need Transition of Responsibilities from NATO to ACAA’

Kabul: Preparing for the impending troop withdrawal, the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) on Monday announced that there is a need for transition of responsibilities from NATO to ACAA, adding that, “we would like to take over the full operations of Control Tower at Hamid Karzai International Airport by May 1”.

ACAA in a statement said, “We have to look at ways to make our air operations safer and ensure uninterrupted services. Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) is one of the main gateways, bearing considerable political, economic and security importance to Afghanistan.”

“We have experienced a hasty exit of NATO from the Ahmad Shah Baba (Kandahar) airport earlier this year, so we plan to step up our plan by identifying the gaps and properly managing the handover at HKIA, to curb potential challenges,” the statement reads.

“We would like to take over full operations of control tower at HKIA by May 1 and subsequently commence practical negotiations on Mission Essential Equipment in HKAI ground to discuss the handover of resources upon complete NATO/RS withdrawal,” the statement added.

US President Joe Biden last week announced a full drawdown of foreign troops from Afghanistan after 20 years by September 11. Only forces remaining on ground will be to help the diplomatic mission in Kabul.

19 / April 2021
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