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First Afghanistan-India air corridor flight in 2-day over Pak airspace

First Afghanistan-India air corridor flight in 2-day over Pak airspace

Jun 17, 2017 - 09:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Indian authorities have confirmed the first flight of the Afghanistaninfo-icon-India air corridor would get operationalised over the next couple of days, according to a media report.

Pakistaninfo-icon had been resisting the Afghan-Indian trade land route, thus the need for an air corridor was felt and the project was for the first time initiated by Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

"During the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's visit to India last year, we had discussions on establishing an air freight corridor between the two countries and we are happy to announce that first flight is likely to operate in the weekend or early next week. We are working out the details of the first flight," Ministry of Externalinfo-icon Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

While maintaining that the cargo service will help increase trade between both the countries, Baglay said," The flight will take Indian products to Afghanistan and will bring Afghan products to India. The first flight will be from Delhi to Kabul and will start this weekend or next week."

But since, it will be crossing over Pakistani airspace, it is believed that both India and Afghanistan will have to disclose the type of cargo being carried by the plane.

The cargo service will aim to improve landlocked Afghanistan's connectivity to key markets abroad and boost the growth prospects of its dry fruits and carpet industries.

Revealing that the first flight will be run by Afghanistan’s Ariana Airlines, Baglay also said there would be a warm reception to the flight which would bring to Afghan products such as dry fruits to Delhi.

Earlier, Afghan authorities had said the first flight would leave Kabul for Delhi on June 15. The cargo flights would be run from Kabul and Kandahar to Indian.


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