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23 AUGUST 2021
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The name Hamid Karzai for the international airport just outside (10 miles) the Afghanistan capital Kabul is likely to change any day now, but it will still retain the IATA and ICAO codes (KBL and OAKB).
Both organisations have a policy of retaining the historical code regardless of the political scene, hence typically Mumbai is still BOM (Bombay) with IATA, and Ben Gurion, once called Lod, TLV (Tel Aviv).
Kabul Airport was originally built by Soviet engineers in 1960. A new radar system was installed in 2005, which was upgraded by the US Federal Aviation Administration in 2010. The elevation, at 5876ft, which needs careful take-off parameters, is balanced by its single runway length of 3500m, slightly more than Gatwick.
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