DUBAI – Ariana Afghan Airlines resumed some flights in Afghanistan amongst Kabul and 3 big provincial towns on Saturday, the carrier explained, soon after a specialized team from Qatar reopened the capital’s airport for aid and domestic solutions.
Flights involving Kabul and the western metropolis of Herat, Mazar-i Sharif in northern Afghanistan and Kandahar in the south have started, the airline explained in a assertion on its Fb site.
“Ariana Afghan Airlines is very pleased to resume its domestic flights,” it reported.
Earlier, Qatar’s ambassador to Afghanistan mentioned a specialized staff was equipped to reopen Kabul airport to receive assist, according to Qatar’s Al Jazeera information channel.
The airport’s runway has been repaired in cooperation with authorities in Afghanistan, the ambassador claimed, according to Al Jazeera, in a additional small step toward a return to relative normality following the turmoil of the earlier 3 months.
Reopening the airport, a vital lifeline with the two the outdoors planet and across Afghanistan’s mountainous territory has been a large precedence for the Taliban as they seek to restore purchase following their lightning seizure of Kabul on Aug. 15.
Kabul airport had been closed considering that the finish of the significant U.S.-led airlift of its citizens, other Western nationals and Afghans who aided Western nations around the world. The close of that evacuation of tens of thousands of individuals marked the withdrawal of the past U.S. forces from Afghanistan right after 20 a long time of war.
Hundreds of people seeking to leave Afghanistan, fearful of life under Taliban rule, had been remaining behind when the evacuation procedure finished at the close of August.
The Taliban, the West’s adversary in the two-ten years war that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults on the United States, have promised harmless passage for all those seeking to leave.