Japan to bear Afghanistan civilian ATC costs

Japan, at Washington’s behest, will bear the cost of providing air traffic control services for civilian aircraft in Afghanistan starting in July.

The budget for this will fall within the government’s official development assistance (ODA) and will be the first time that Japan has assisted air traffic control services in a conflict-torn region.

The expenses will run to about $25 million (3 billion yen) for six months until the end of this year, according to sources.

Since the end of last year, air traffic control costs for managing civilian aircraft in the Afghan capital of Kabul have been covered by the United States. The air traffic control services have been operated by U.S. firms.

Afghanistan has sought financial assistance from Japan because it lacked the funds to take on the task.



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