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Kabul International
34°34'00"N 69°12'32"E

The Kabul International Airfield has a runway length of 3,500 meters/11,483 feet.

Kabul International Airport belongs to the MoT, which operates KAIA. It is supported by the Troop Contributing Nations (TCNs). COM KAIA, under the command of COM ISAF, operates the military component of KAIA, assists the Afghan authorities in operating KAIA, and also assumes Air Traffic Control Authority in KABUL Control Zone (CTR).

The Afghan authorities retain responsibility for their respective Areas of Responsibilities (AOR). Inside ISAF AOR non-ISAF personnel are not admitted; however, ISAF-employees or guests on official business including personnel working at the airport for the Afghan Armed Forces or other governmental institutions will be permitted entry. Furthermore ISAF Rules of Engagement (ROE) are to apply, including authorization to use firearms. The same rules are to apply on KAIA outside the ISAF AOR, where ISAF or ISAF-chartered aircraft are being operated and/or parked.

Controlled Airspace - Kabul CTR - is established around the Kabul Airfield as class D airspace. The airspace extends to a 10 NM radius from the geographical center of the airport, vertically from the surface up to, but not including 12000 ft mean sea level (MSL). This airspace lies within and under Bagram Approach Control's airspace. Kabul airfield operates under VFR and IFR. IFR flights might be authorized within the Kabul CTR only on pilot request.

As of March 27, 2008 the Combined Air Power Transition Force team responsible for training new Afghan aviators had expanded from just eight people in the preceeding year 129.

The team's purview extends from helping the Afghans develop policy to acquire equipment to stand up the training programs, infrastructure and logistics operations required to support the air corps. In addition, the staff serves as advisors and mentors to the Afghan Air Corps, with daily interaction with the air wing operating at Kabul International Airport. The air corps' development plan, involves acquiring additional aircraft and developing crews to fly and operate them. The Afghan Air Corps flies Mi-17 medium-lift helicopters, Antonov-26 and -32 fixed-wing transport turboprop planes, and four Mi-35 gunships. Efforts are under way to acquire more of the aircraft, mostly Russian built, while other options are explored.

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