Official: US to manage Afghan airspace till mid-September

AP News
Posted: Jun 24, 2015 7:25 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan aviation official says the United States will continue to manage Afghan airspace and air-traffic control for another two-and-a-half months after its current contract expires at the end of June.

The airspace has been managed by the U.S.-led international military coalition or foreign companies paid by donor countries since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

Mohammad Qassim Wafayezada from the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority told The Associated Press late Tuesday that the extension, which is to last till mid-September, will allow for a smooth transition until an international company takes over.

He says that company, which he declined to name, won the contract after a tender for the next two years.

Wafayezada says that "there is nothing to be worried over for now or the next two years."