DUBAI – Ariana Afghan Airways resumed some flights in Afghanistan among Kabul and three major provincial metropolitan areas on Saturday, the carrier reported, just after a technological staff from Qatar reopened the capital’s airport for support and domestic expert services.
Flights concerning Kabul and the western city of Herat, Mazar-i Sharif in northern Afghanistan and Kandahar in the south have started, the airline stated in a assertion on its Fb web site.
“Ariana Afghan Airways is very pleased to resume its domestic flights,” it claimed.
Earlier, Qatar’s ambassador to Afghanistan claimed a technical staff was ready to reopen Kabul airport to receive assist, in accordance to Qatar’s Al Jazeera information channel.
The airport’s runway has been repaired in cooperation with authorities in Afghanistan, the ambassador mentioned, according to Al Jazeera, in a additional small step to a return to relative normality right after the turmoil of the previous three months.
Reopening the airport, a vital lifeline with equally the outdoors environment and across Afghanistan’s mountainous territory has been a large precedence for the Taliban as they seek out to restore get just after their lightning seizure of Kabul on Aug. 15.
Kabul airport had been shut considering that the end of the significant U.S.-led airlift of its citizens, other Western nationals and Afghans who served Western nations around the world. The end of that evacuation of tens of 1000’s of people today marked the withdrawal of the previous U.S. forces from Afghanistan following 20 a long time of war.
Hundreds of people wanting to depart Afghanistan, fearful of life underneath Taliban rule, were still left driving when the evacuation operation ended at the conclude of August.
The Taliban, the West’s adversary in the two-decade war that adopted the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, have promised safe passage for individuals seeking to depart.