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Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan

February 22nd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Kabul International Airport (IATA: KBL, ICAO: OAKB), sometimes known as Khwaja Rawash Airport, is located 16 kilometers (9 miles) from downtown Kabul, Afghanistan. The airport is also commonly referred to as KAIA.

Kabul Airport was built in the 1970s. Due to international sanctions under the Taliban, the airport was all but closed, with few international flights. Following the United States attack on Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, the airport reopened. At first, it was only for the US military and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led peacekeeping force. After the removal of UN sanctions, in early 2002, it was finally allowed to be used for civilian airlines. The US military and ISAF (with the Romanian Air Force a lead contributor in 2005) run the airport and provide security with the Afghan authorities.

The airport had 54,300 movements in 2006. So far (July 2007) traffic has increased by 33% and is projected to end up on 66,000 movements. The average daily movement in 2007 is so far 191, and the record for 2007 is 347 movements.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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