Japan to Assist Air Traffic Control At Kabul International Airport

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Hamid Karzai International Airport (also known as Kabul International Airport) acts as a vital transit route that stimulates Afghanistan's socio-economic development and is serviced by international carriers such as Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Air India and Etihad Cargo and Afghanistan's own local carriers such as Ariana Afghan Airlines, Afghan Jet International, East Horizon Airlines, Kam Air and Safi Airways. Japan has announced this month that it will commence providing the financial expenses for air traffic control services for civilian airplanes in the country starting in July of this year.

Such assistance will come from Japan's existing budget for International Development Assistance and is a very practical means of significantly contributing to the peace and development of not only Afghanistan but also of the entire region. Japan's assistance to the country's aviation sector is nothing new with JICA having facilitated the building of Kabul International Airport and later upgrades.

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