Biden Admin Activates Emergency Civil Reserve Air Fleet for Afghanistan Evacuations

The Biden administration on Sunday activated the Civil Reserve Air Fleet to evacuate people from Afghanistan, although the flights will not directly head to the beleaguered South Asian nation. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, according to a Pentagon news release, activated the fleet and is asking U.S. airlines and charter carriers to take Americans, Afghans who worked with the U.S. government, and other “at-risk individuals” to other locations. “The current activation is for 18 aircraft: three each from American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, and Omni Air; two from Hawaiian Airlines; and four from United Airlines,” said the news release. “The Department does not anticipate a major impact to commercial flights from this activation.” But it noted that Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) aircraft won’t fly to the Kabul airport, where thousands of U.S. troops are still stationed in a chaotic and desperate attempt to evacuate tens of thousands of people …Read More

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