PESHAWAR - In the wake of repeated attacks on planes at Bacha Khan International airport and suspension of night time flights, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided to suspend 100 daily wagers of night shift.

Sources said that due to closure of night shift operations, these daily wagers had no duty to perform and they were a burden on the national kitty that is why civil aviation authority and airport administration have decided to lay off these daily wagers for time being.

Due to the suspension of night operations, around 18 international flights were affected, as the CAA has decided to restrict the operations only at day time. These daily wagers were mostly working at carriage service, security guards and others related activities.

It has been decided that after resumption of night operation these employees would be restored with immediate effect.

In this connection when contacted, Jamal Nasir, Duty Manager CAA, said that the suspension of night shift is a temporary step and it is power of airport manager and CAA chief to suspend and recruit employees again.

He also said that final decision has not been taken in this regard.

The attacks on airlines near Bacha Khan international airport have badly affected the airline operations in the airport at night time. The first attack was carried out on June 25, 2014 when a Peshawar-bound PIA airline was targeted from Badhabera area resulted killing of a woman and two crews of the airline.

Later, another attack was carried out on PIA when a bullet hit the tail of the airline’s plane. However, no casualty was reported.

After these attacks, an operation was launched in the area and weapons were confiscated from the people, however, the attacks on planes remained continued.

This had led the CAA to suspend the night shift operation of the airport to avert any untoward incident.