Afghanistan: Turkey, Uzbekistan restart flights to Kabul, India keeps away

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Turkey, Uzbekistan resume flights to Afghanistan. India is yet to decide on resuming air connectivity to Taliban-ruled Kabul.

Kabul, Afghanistan): Despite terrorist acts by the Taliban, many countries are keen to align with the new regime in Afghanistan.

International radar has reported a flight from Turkey and Uzbekistan will land at Kabul International Airport on Thursday. This comes even as the Indian government is yet to take a final decision on resuming flights to Kabul.

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According to a report by The Khama Press News Agency, this will be the first time that Kabul is hosting commercial flights from both the countries after the Taliban takeover. Earlier, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, in a letter, had asked the Indian government to resume its commercial flights to Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, India is yet to take any decision on the issue of resuming commercial flights to Afghanistan. “The decision to resume flights to Kabul is being reviewed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” a ministry official told ANI.

The Taliban recently requested India’s Aviation Regulatory Directorate General (DGCA) to resume commercial flight operations to Kabul, which were suspended after August 15.

“The Civil Aviation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan pays its appreciation to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India. As you are informed, the Kabul airport was recently damaged and was functional prior to their withdrawal by US troops. The airport was once again operational with the technical assistance of our Qatar brother and a NOTAM in this regard was issued on September 06, 2021,” said a letter from the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority to DGCA Arun Kumar.

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A top government source told ANI, “At present, the decision to resume commercial flights to Kabul is being reviewed by the DGCA, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as well as the competent authority. has been.”

The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) has also requested the Indian authorities to resume commercial flight services of Afghanistan’s national carrier between India and Kabul.

The letter sent from Civil Aviation of Afghanistan to Civil Aviation of India reads that Qatar’s technical team has activated Kabul International Airport and is now fully functional, Khama Press reported.

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Currently, Pakistan and Iran are the only countries operating flights to and from Kabul International Airport.

Khama Press reported that Qatar was operating chartered flights only from Kabul airport.

First published:September 30, 2021, 12:21 pm

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