The International Civil Aviation Organisation signed a management services agreement (MSA) with Afghanistan on 30 May, launching a six-month, $8.2 million project, funded by Afghanistan, to rebuild Kabul International Airport. The agreement is part of a $37 million ICAO initiative to rebuild the country's civil aviation system to international aviation standards.

ICAO will have responsibility for hiring and training airport and air traffic personnel and purchasing airport and air traffic control (ATC) equipment and facilities. Funds to begin rebuilding Afghanistan's 11 airports, to fully reopen the airspace and re-establish the civil aviation administration are expected to come from countries that attended January's International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan.

ATC upgrades will include new VHF radio transceivers and antenna, VHF omni range/distance measuring equipment radio navigation system and Category I instrument landing system.

Source: Flight International