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India mulling to manage Afghan air traffic control

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: An Indian airways company is among six airways firms which are bidding for managing air traffic control of the country.

Afghanistan’s air traffic control was run by the US-led coalition forces since 2001. The winner company will shoulder the responsibility of managing the air traffic control from June 30, 2015.

“We have submitted an expression of interest for the job. Afghanistan is tendering out the work of managing its airspace and will give the contract to someone with a proven ability and track record. India is one of the biggest air space managers of commercial air travel in Southeast Asia,” quoted by the Times of India said a senior aviation official on Wednesday.
According to Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA), six international companies, including AAI, have shown interest in bidding for air traffic control. Afghanistan is a crucial air corridor on the Europe-Asia route and the country has to find a successor to the US-led forces to manage the ATC that is criss-crossed by almost 300 aircraft daily.
For Afghanistan also, overflying is a big revenue spinner as it is learnt to charge anywhere up to $500 per overflying aircraft. “Afghanistan does not have properly trained the country’s air traffic control officials for handling the traffic. They will need overseas personnel and are not exactly willing to take up the job on their own,” said another official.

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