SpiceJet cancels Kabul flights due to recent airport attacks
By Ghanizada - Fri Jul 18 2014, 11:31 am
The airline has announced that the fllights will be temporarily suspended with effect from Friday until the situation improves.
A statement by SpiceJet said, “We will offer passengers a full refund and will also try to request other airlines that operate to Kabul to accommodate them if they still desire to travel.”
The statement further added that the step is taken as the safety of the passengers and the crew is of paramount importance.
A group of militants on Thursday carried out attack on Kabul international airport after taking position in an under construction building located close to the airport.
All the militants were killed by Afghan security forces following an operation which lasted almost five hours.
The attack did not incur any damages to the airport or aircrafts and there were no casualties following the attack.
The militant groups also carried out a rocket attack on Kabul airport earlier this month.
The SpiceJet airline had announced that their aircraft was taxiing to take off for Delhi when the rockets landed in Kabul airport.
Over 100 passengers were on the Delhi-bound plane when the rocket was fired, the airline said.
The interior ministry of Afghanistan blamed the Haqqani Network and Pakistan’s military intelligence – Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for plotting the attack on Kabul airport and said the main reason behind the attack was to halt foreign airlines operations in Kabul.