A number of people seeking to travel to Pakistan said on Monday that the price of tickets for Pakistan has greatly increased.
According to the travelers, a one-way ticket to Pakistan is around $2,400.
Ahmad Shafi and his son, who have visas for Pakistan, have gone shop-to-shop in Kabul to find cheaper tickets for travel to Pakistan. He said he cannot afford to pay the ticket price, which has never been this high.
Shafi said: “I had bought a ticket from Kam Air for $1,200, but now the price has risen to $2,500. People have to buy tickets.”
In the meantime, a number of travel agencies in Kabul said Pakistan ticket prices have increased many times in recent weeks. In the past, a round-trip ticket was around $300, while now a one-way ticket is being sold from $1,200 to $2,400.
Meanwhile, officials from Kam Air Airlines said the airline has not had any flights to Pakistan for the past three days.
Mohammad Dawood Sharifi, CEO of Kam Air, said Pakistan wants the airline to send lists of its passengers to Pakistan's ministry of interior affairs before embarking.
According to Sharifi, although the airline sent the list they have not received permission to fly to Pakistan.
“Since Friday, the interior ministry (of Pakistan) has started a new procedure. In addition to visas, the ministry asks for a security check. But it did not execute the clearance on time,” said Sharifi.
At the same time, the Civil Aviation Authority of Afghanistan said that right now only one Pakistani airline has permission to fly between Afghanistan and Pakistan, adding that this is also a reason for the rise of ticket prices.
The civil aviation authority has warned that if Pakistan does not give permission to Afghan airlines, it will not allow Pakistani airline flights to Afghanistan.
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