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Afghan Aviation Sector Loses $100m Due To COVID-19

Kabul (BNA) According to Civil Aviation Authority, the spread of the coronavirus so far has caused an estimated $100 million loss to the Civil Aviation Authority and two Afghan airline companies Ariana Afghan Airlines and Kam Air.

Multiple plans will be implemented to improve the aviation sector, including infrastructural plans at Hamid Karzai International Airport, the head of the civil aviation authority Mohammad Qasim Wafaeezada said.

He also clarified that there has been a $40 million reduction in the income of Kam Air and Ariana Afghan Airlines and a $60 million reduction in the income of the civil aviation authority, compared to last year.

“Airline companies will agree with me that this support—and the support policy of the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority— has been successful, and despite the financial damage by the pandemic—particularly Kam Air and Ariana Airlines none of them are on the verge of bankruptcy,” he said.

He said they are working on four infrastructure projects, including the construction of a terminal at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul that will be implemented in a partnership between the government and the private sector.

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