Washington and Tehran crisis revive aviation in Afghanistan

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

Civilian aircraft have increased their use of Afghan airspace by 25 percent since the outbreak of the recent crisis between Tehran and Washington.

The head of the Afghan Civil Aviation Administration, Muhammad Qasim Wafaezadeh, told reporters that the civil aircraft used in the country’s airspace have increased to 25 percent recently.

Vafaeezadeh added that before the outbreak of the crisis between Washington and Tehran, the number of civil aircraft used for the Afghan airspace was about 300, while after that the number increased to 400.

He stated that many aircraft used in Iranian airspace in the past changed their destination to Afghanistan, fearing for their security.

He declared that his country “charges $ 700 for each plane that crosses its airspace, which contributes significantly to the national economy.”

And Saturday, the Iranian Staff announced, in a statement, that its air defense system shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane, after a “human error” the moment it passed over a “sensitive military zone”.

The shooting of the Boeing 737 aircraft resulted in the death of 176 people: 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians, 11 Ukraine, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans and 3 Britons.

The incident took place in conjunction with Tehran’s targeting, with ballistic missiles, of two military bases hosting American soldiers in Anbar (west) and Erbil (north), on January 8, in response to Washington’s killing of the Iranian Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, in a bombing targeting His car is in the capital, Baghdad, on the 3rd of the same month.

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