Air Transport World

This ain't no disco.(Waypoints)

While airlines in Western Europe must contend with volcanic eruptions, air traffic control strikes and a plethora of new fees and taxes, they can be grateful that these challenges are nothing compared to the daily struggles confronting Afghanistan's civil aviation sector.

"No one is talking about private enterprises. Everyone is just talking about troops, elections and so on," Kam Air President Zamari Kamgar complained to ATW recently in Vienna at the inauguration of the carrier's new route from Kabul. Kam Air employs 360 and transports 86,000 passengers annually.

Airlines like Ariana, Kam Air, Safi Airways and Pamir Airways are competing for market share in a small, overcrowded and highly seasonal environment where only the summer months offer the possibility of profit. …

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