U.S. forces left Afghanistan, with their last position held at the Kabul airport. There was much reporting on the airport being effectively abandoned based on a ‘notice to airmen’ that the airport was uncontrolled. That’s not an entirely uncommon situation. And there are already plans in place for a Turkish-Qatari consortium to manage the airport.
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) August 30, 2021
For those reporting on the NOTAM out of Kabul: Uncontrolled airports are extremely common — that's not the news. The news is that American forces have left and that's one of the telltale signs of it.
— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) August 30, 2021
The pay-in Pearl lounge located airside in the international departures area, operated by NAS, only just opened a year and a half ago. They are still selling lounge passes. They’re also offering fast track meet-and-greet services at the airport. It seems like at $40 a pop this would’ve been a great investment of late! Though Denver offers a similar service free I have to think the new airport operators will be able to raise pricing if they wish.
With Turkey expected to take charge at the airport we probably get TAV taking the Pearl lounge space. It will actually say a lot about the Taliban administration, how we see them handling the existing contracts put in place with Kuwait-based NAS by the previous government. However if TAV takes over the lounge space there’s a reasonable likelihood that it joins Priority Pass.
primeclass lounge New York JFK, credit: Priority Pass
Western-style hotels continued advertising services they couldn’t possibly provide as the Taliban rolled into Kabul. Watch how the rule of law is followed at the airport, and that may give us a sense of what to expect from hotels. The non-IHG Intercontinental could go the way of the Ninawa International Hotel in Mosul once ISIS took over.