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GULF AIR Criticizes Afghanistan over Landing Spat

Wednesday 28 September 2011

DUBAI (Associated Press) – One of the few foreign airlines flying to Afghanistan is accusing Kabul of unfairly breaching an aviation deal and leaving flights in limbo after refusing its planes landing rights.

In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Gulf Air CEO Samer Majali said two of the company’s planes were unexpectedly denied permission to land in Afghanistan in recent days. This forced one of the flights to turn back as it neared the Afghan capital and left the carrier scrambling to rebook passengers on alternate flights.

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